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
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina is warning the public to be on alert for scam phone calls that rely on a familiar tactic—fear.
Pay Now Or Else
Like other reported imposter scammers who pose as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or other government agency, these callers claim that you owe money to the court that must be paid right away. If you fail to pay immediately, you will be arrested—or so they claim.
Don't Take the Bait
Bankruptcy court officials say that if you receive a call from someone who says that you're in trouble because you failed to appear at a bankruptcy hearing, or that you owe money to the court for any reason, don't take the bait!
Regardless of any threats the caller may make, consumers who receive these scam calls are urged to contact the court at (919) 856-4752 (press 0) to report the details of the incident BEFORE TAKING ANY OTHER ACTION.
Stay Alert and Report All Suspected Cons
Remember, scam artists are always ready and willing to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers, and they will use any means necessary to do so—like scaring you into paying money that you don't owe.
Always keep your guard up and report any suspicious phone calls or suspected scams to the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.