NC Residents Report Calls from Scammers Posing as NCDOJ Employees
Scammers will pretend to be just about anyone in order to swindle you out of money. Posing as someone from the NC Department of Justice (NCDOJ) is not out of the question.
The North Carolina Attorney General's Office is reporting that some North Carolina consumers have reported getting calls from people pretending to be with the NCDOJ.
These scammers call victims and demand that they pay a $1,000 fine for unpaid taxes or face immediate arrest. The calls even appear to come from NCDOJ's main office number, (919) 716-6400.
But the fines aren't real, and the callers are scammers who have figured out how to manipulate Caller ID technology to make it look like they're calling from the main office. Scammers often use this method to try to convince you that they're with a government agency, your bank, or some other legitimate organization so you'll be more likely to fall for their con.
- You can't depend on Caller ID to reveal the true identity of who is calling you.
- Legitimate government agencies and businesses will not call you and threaten to arrest you if you don't pay right away.
- Don't respond to phone calls that demand that you send money or provide personal information such as account numbers.
If you spot a scam, report it to the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.