DARE COUNTY, NC – Dare County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of Craiglist-style ads and remote work scams.
Officials say they were recently contacted about several possible scams that have occurred in the area. In these cases, scammers want to send money to residents either by cashier’s check or some type of online payment.
According to officials, this happens for Craigslist-style ads and things like remote computer repair jobs, however, it could be for just about anything. Police said crooks want residents to fill out a form and provide personal information to send the money to. They will even tell you not to give a PO box but a physical address.
When residents place an item on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or any other site, scammers will try to contact them.
If they answer it, they’ll likely tell you that they want to purchase your item at full price plus a fee for you to own it. They will ask residents to fill out a form providing all of their information such as name, physical address (not PO Box), phone number, and the amount they are due for the item so they can send. the check. They will ask them to keep the item until they have received the check and cash it. If he succeeds in cashing the check, he will inform the resident that he has changed his mind and ask them to return the money to him minus the amount he promised to keep it. This is an attempt to make you feel good because you have received something from the deal.
Officials say the computer scammer will say he wants to reimburse the money for computer work or whatever else he might fall for and will also ask them to fill out forms. On the form, the scammer will ask them to enter the refund amount you discussed. The refund amount will somehow drop from $ 600 to $ 6,000.
The scammer will then get back to the person and tell them that there was a mistake on the form and that they need to return the extra money to them in cash or gift card.
If the scam is discovered after providing the information on the form and does not send the money, officials say they will then try to intimidate residents into sending them money using these informations.
If you provided any information such as bank accounts or credit card numbers, contact them immediately to stop any transactions you have not approved and follow their directions to change them if necessary.
As always, contact your local police department or the sheriff’s office (252 475 5980) if you think you have been scammed or have been scammed.