Beware of Scammers Posing as North Carolina Department of the State Treasurer
These scam artists may demand that you send prepaid debit cards to prevent an impending arrest
If you've received a phone call or email from the North Carolina Department of the State Treasurer (DST) claiming that you or a family member will be arrested due to a failure to pay outstanding fines, don't fall for the scam!
How The Con Works
According to the North Carolina Attorney General's office, these scam artists may demand that you send prepaid debit cards to the DST to prevent an impending arrest. The scammer will give you the DST's legitimate mailing address and tell you that once the cards are received, the arrest warrants will be dropped.
Before victims of this con mail the prepaid cards, they are asked to call the scammers back and recite the numbers on the cards. The crooks then quickly spend the funds on the prepaid card, putting you at a financial loss. Consumers across the state of North Carolina and the country have lost significant amounts of money in similar IRS and bankruptcy court scams.
Watch out for Phishing Emails
These con artists may also send you a phishing email claiming to be from the DST in an attempt to get you to share personal information. They will claim that they received a package containing an ATM card with money stored on it in your name and will need your information, such as your phone number and address, to release the card to you.
Know the Red Flags
ALWAYS REMEMBER that no one from a government agency will contact you and threaten you with arrest. Scammers are using fear to push you into a panic and force you to make a bad, split-second financial decision.
Never share sensitive personal or financial information over the phone, via email, or through a text message until you can verify who is requesting the information. Contact the government agency or other company/organization directly at a number you know to be correct to confirm any issues before taking further action.
report All Suspected Scams
If you are contacted by someone you suspect is a scammer, hang up immediately and report the scam attempt to the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM, or by filing a complaint online.