New year means new scams targeting you


An ABC11 viewer just received an email that claimed to be from the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The poorly written email came from someone who claimed to be Mrs. Sarah Mandela, the granddaughter to Nelson Mandela.

The letter states the foundation is giving out $2 million to 20 unknown individuals. The email provides recipients with a link to get the money.

This is just one of the dozens of scams the Nelson Mandela Foundation is warning us about. On their website, they state scammers are not only sending emails, but text messages as well.

The best bet is to delete the emails and texts and not to respond at all because there is no money being given away.

Scammers are also targeting victims on the phone.

Johnston Health, which has medical centers in Smithfield and Clayton, told ABC11 one of their patients reported getting an automated phone call seeking their personal information for updated billing.

A rep with Johnston Health said these calls are not coming from them, and the caller is using the same number associated with a scam that is happening in other states. In those calls, the scammer reminds patients to refill their medications. In all cases, the scam artists attempt to get your personal information.

The big red flags are misspelling and grammatical errors in emails. Often scammers use big company names to make the scam look legit. However, if you look at the sender's email address, you will see it is not actually from the company, but from an individual instead.

As always, if the scammer asks you to send money to get your money - it's a sure sign of a scam.

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