SCAM ALERT: Con Artists Target People Going Through Bankruptcy Court Proceedings
the callers claim that you owe money to the court that must be paid right away to avoid arrest
Consumers who have been having financial difficulties and are going through bankruptcy proceedings are already hard-pressed for money. But scammers are taking advantage of these good people and using a familiar tactic, fear, to steal whatever money they have left. If you or anyone you know is going through bankruptcy proceedings, watch out for these signs of a scam.
Pay Now Or Else
Like other impostor scammers who pose as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or other government agencies, these callers claim that you owe money to the court that must be paid right away. They claim, falsely, that you will be fined or even arrested if you do not pay immediately. Unfortunately, consumers who are already facing the stress of bankruptcy sometimes fall for this tactic.
Don't Take the Bait
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming that you are facing legal trouble for your failure to appear at a bankruptcy hearing, that you owe money, or that threatens you in any way, hang up immediately. Court officials will never make these types of phone calls and will certainly never threaten you.
If you are suspicious of the legitimacy of a caller, you can contact the court at (919) 856-4752 before you take any other actions. Remember that caller ID spoofing, or the ability to change caller ID, is a tactic commonly used by scammers. Just because a call seems like it is coming from a particular person, business or agency because of the caller ID does not mean the caller is legitimate.
Report All Suspected scams
Scammers are always ready and willing to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers, and they will use any means necessary to do so. They try to frighten you with arrest, deportation of family, fines or even physical harm. They do this all to get you to hand over money that you really don't owe.
Report any suspicious phone calls or suspected scams to the North Carolina Attorney General's Office immediately.