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Woman bilked by phone scam

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Friday, April 19, 2019

A 40-year-old woman was the victim of a scam this week after she received a call purporting to be from the Rocky Mount Police Department.

The woman came in the Rocky Mount Police Station on Monday to report that someone had called her claiming to be associated with the Rocky Mount police. The caller claimed that she owed money related to court matters including failure to appear and threatened her with arrest if she did not send money.

She was told to load $3,000 on debit cards purchased from a store and to send them to the individual and that the matter would be resolved. Instead, the victim lost her money to a scam artist.

Sgt. Brad Summerlin of the Rocky Mount Police Department warned that schemes like this are always a scam.

“Neither the clerk of court or anyone from the police department will ever contact someone by telephone about money that owe,” Summerlin said. 

Summerlin also said that asking for money to be loaded on cards is a common ploy for scammers.

“Law enforcement agencies or courts would never ask for money that way,” Summerlin said.

Anyone who has questions about this scam or feels they have been approached in a similar manner should contact the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411. 

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