Outstanding warrant scam targets Fayetteville residents

Diane Wilson Image
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
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FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina (WTVD) -- If you get a call claiming you have an outstanding warrant for arrest hang up. The Fayetteville Police Department says this telephone scam is targeting local citizens.

Investigators say the scammer goes on to state you must pay a fine immediately or be subject to arrest. The suspect then proceeds to request personal information and payments. Remember, even though the caller may sound professional and courteous over the telephone, they are waiting for you to release valuable information to include your full name, date of birth, social security number, and/or credit card information. Investigators say the scammer also requests payment through "prepaid" credit cards from a local merchant and provide the prepaid credit card information to the caller, or request the citizen to wire money to the caller.

The Fayetteville Police Department says they will not call you to request sensitive personal information over the phone or solicit money to prevent arrest.

If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, detectives are encouraging you to come forward with information. Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department's Fraud Unit at (910) 433-1885 or Fayetteville / Cumberland County Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477).