Archive for Scam

Scam/Fraud Alert – MedWest Lifeline Calls

image001 There have been reports of people receiving recorded calls from MedWest Lifeline stating that the service has been paid for and is free and all is needed is to set up a time to come install equipment. This is not MedWest Lifeline or any MedWest affiliates. The calls have been reported to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. If you receive one of these calls do not call them back. You may report the call by calling Jackson County Crimestoppers at 828-631-1125 or email crimestoppers@jacksonnc.org MedWest-Harris Home Care Services provides Lifeline as one of its services but it has to be signed up for and there is a nominal fee involved.


Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Warns Citizens of New Scam

The Jackson County Sheriffs Office has released an alert regarding a new potential scam going on in the WNC area. Reported especially in the Addie and Beta Communities of Jackson County, a group of scam artists may be taking advantage of some citizens. The reported scam is occurring when a potential contractor solicit business from a homeowner to seal their driveway. The scam artists have been reported to have what appears to be a truck and trailer similar to those used by contractors. According to reports part of the ploy is that there is left over material in the truck from a different job and the scam artists offer to seal the home owner’s driveway for an extremely reduced price. These scams have been attempted very recently in our community and the Sheriff’s Office anticipates that other citizens may be approached by these thieves. The Sheriff’s Office first word of advice is that if something seems too good to be true than it probably is. Detectives are investigating these reported incidents, if you have any information on these suspicious activates going on in your neighborhood you can call JCCs at 631-1125 or if the scam artists arrive at your house you can call 911 for immediate assistance.

Lottery Scammers Target Real Winners

Telling people that they’ve won a prize but must pay taxes or fees before they can collect it is a common and unfortunately effective scam. Some recent winners of the North Carolina Education Lottery have been targeted by a new twist on this ever-popular scam. Recent lottery winners have gotten calls informing them that in addition to the prize they already knew about, they’ve won a Mercedes-Benz. But before taking possession of their new car, they need to pay $499 in taxes. They’re told to purchase a prepaid debit card to cover the tax, then call back and provide the numbers from the back of the card. Those contacted by the scammers had all won between $1,000 and $1,500 in the lottery and their names and hometowns, which are considered public record, had been posted on the Education Lottery’s website. The fraudulent calls appear to originate in Jamaica. Learn more about this scam from the Education Lottery. Remember, it’s against the law to require a prepayment for any cash prize or sweepstakes. If you are ever in doubt about a situation like this, just ask yourself this question: If I’m a winner, why are they asking ME to pay?

If you spot a scam, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or filing a complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov.