Beware of Criminals Posing as Law Enforcement

10:49 PM, Oct 31, 2013   |    comments
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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- If you get a call from the Thomasville Police Department, be aware that the caller may be a fraud.

The Department sent out a warning Thursday afternoon about a scam where someone is acting as a member of the force.

They ask for a donation to the department and your credit card number to complete it. The department says it's all a scam.

But they're not the first department in the Triad targeted by fraudsters. In July, someone impersonated the Guilford County Sheriff's Office.

They were calling people and asking for money on unpaid loans, saying they'd issue an arrest warrant if they didn't pay up.

High Point Police urge you to be careful who you trust.

"You're basically going to have to give your credit card number out over the phone and once it's out of your mouth and into their hands, who knows what happens," said High Point Police Captain Travis Stroud.

High Point Police say they've seen 88 fraud-related cases this month alone, many involving credit cards. They have advice if you ever question if police are really calling you.

"If they're a legitimate organization, they can take your money in other ways where you can control the amount and distribute it to them, whether it is by cash, check, money order or something else. But once the credit card goes out, it's gone," said Stroud.

Police suggest asking the caller for their information, like name, address and phone number. If they hesitate, that might be the red flag you need to know they're not real.

You can also do a simple web search or call the Better Business Bureau to find out for sure.

Thomasville Police ask that if you do get a call like this, try to get as much information as you can about the caller and contact law enforcement immediately.

WFMY News 2, High Point Police

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