Scam Alert: New Hanover County

The Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a new scam…here’s what to look out for: 

A victim received a call from a man claiming to be associated with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. He tells people that he has arrested an employee of the victim but will not say the arrestee’s name…citing a HIPPA violation.  He waits until the victim suggests and employees name…then he confirms that that is in fact the person in custody. 

The victim was requested to wire bail money in the amount of $600 to Orlando Florida.

 Note: The arrest of ANYONE is public information and doesn’t violate HIPPA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

NEVER give out personal information to someone you don’t know who calls you on the phone. 

The Sheriff’s office says, “If someone calls you and asks for your personal information, ask for the caller’s name and department and then hang up.  Look up the phone number for the organization or business yourself and call back to verify that they are who they say they are.” 

“Keep a close eye on your accounts and read back and credit card statements carefully.  If you see activity that shouldn’t be there, let your bank or credit card company know right away.” 

Lets also state the obvious…anytime you hear “Money” and “Wiring”…RED FLAG! Wouldn’t the next question be…”why is my employee locked up in Orlando? Or…if you are the NEW HANOVER Sheriff’s office…why is your billing department in Orlando?

If you’ve been the victim of a similar scam, please contact the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, or your local law enforcement agency to file a report.

910-798-4200

 

These scams seem to get more and more creative….interestingly though…I was surprised to hear that employers were so apt to offer up the names of their employees who they would *first* suspect of being arrested.

I wonder if any bosses just simply said, “Oh…So-and-So is in the slammer huh? Good…keep ’em there…and tell him he can’t mark this down as ‘Sick Time.'”

 

 

 

 

 

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