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Are You Susceptible To Scams?

Scam-Alert1If you haven’t already, chances are good that you’ll have a run-in with a scammer. It might be a phishing email asking you to click on a link, a phone call telling you your computer has been compromised, or a contractor who shows up at your door ready to trim your trees. Scams are everywhere. Each and every day, scammers are finding new and clever ways to cheat people out of their hard-earned money. While schemes are constantly changing, the characteristics of a scam victim remain fairly constant. Understanding what scam victims have in common can help you avoid being an “April Fool” and falling for the next scheme that comes your way. A few characteristics of someone who is more susceptible to scams are, they are afraid of being rude, they live alone, they don’t read the fine print and they rush into decisions. So, before you say yes to anything, The Better Business Bureau of Western North Carolina says think twice and be cautious! For more information and resources contact the BBB at 1-800-452-2882.

WNC Scam Alert

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is reporting a new scam that has been reported in Western North Carolina. Business owners have reported receiving official looking letters from a group called Corporate Records Services. Asking individuals to send money to a Raleigh address. The letter is misleading and includes seals and North Carolina laws from the Secretary of State. Many local businesses have fallen prey to these types of scams before. Several years ago a California company was shutdown for sending out similar letters and eventually had to return over ninty-thousand dollars it had collected from small business throughout North Carolina. If you suspect you have received one of these letters, do not respond. Call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or filing a complaint online at http://www.ncdoj.gov/.