Authorities warn of scam


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Local law officials are warning citizens of a recent scam involving a fraud letter from a big box store that attempts to get money from the recipient.

A woman reported the scam to Sampson County Sheriff’s authorities and wanted them to pass on the information to make others aware. According to Lt. Marcus Smith, the victim received a letter in the mail from Walmart stating they had been offered part-time work as an evaluator for the company through a third party company.

“The letter stated the employee must remain ‘anonymous’ and it sent them a fictitious check from Wachovia Bank,” Smith relayed.

The letter went on to ask that the recipient go online and enter some personal information into an online account set up for them by the company.

“The victim did not go online and enter the personal information as requested and instead forwarded the information to us,” said Smith, who did investigate further, creating a fictitious account with the company. ” It appears that once you enter the information, that’s when they request you to send money via Western Union to them.”

Smith cautioned residents against such scams.

“We would like to once again remind citizens that if it’s too good to be true, then it more than likely is and to please never give out your personal information to anyone other than those whom you are familiar with,” Smith stated.

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Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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