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Sheriff Warns About Telephone Scams

Sheriff Carpenter Warns Residents about Telephone Scams

 August 2, 2012 

Lincolnton, NC – Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter is reminding residents to continue to be vigilant in preventing telephone scams.

 On July 24, 2012 an eastern Lincoln County couple was scammed out of $6,800 by a caller who pretended to be a long-time family friend.  The caller told the couple he was in jail in Florida and needed a couple of thousand dollars.  The caller told the couple that he had been caught for DWI and also struck another vehicle.  He told the couple his lawyer would call back with an exact amount.  A short time later another male called back and said the amount would be $2,800. 

Western Union wouldn’t wire the money and the couple returned home.  The second person called back and told them to go to Wal-Mart and send the money.  The next day they received another call stating the individual needed an additional $4,000 to cover doctor bills for the other driver.

 Then on July 30, 2012 the couple received another call stating they didn’t get the money picked up in time so they would need to send more money.    The couple called Western Union and was advised that the money had been picked up and it was probably a scam.

 It was not until then that they called the individual they were trying to help.  He told them that he had not been to Florida and didn’t call them. Sheriff David Carpenter said, “If the person you are talking to on the phone can’t be positively identified by you, or a close relative that you know by voice then hang up the phone.  If the caller calls back then hang up again and contact the appropriate law enforcement agency to report this.  Never give anything out over the telephone or be tricked into mailing or wiring money to anyone without a verifiable, legitimate reason.”  

The calls known as the so called “Relative or Friend in Distress” scam is a nationwide problem pulled on senior citizens.  Sheriff’s Detective Don Mauldin traced the calls to a cell phone in Montreal, Canada. 

You can register with the “Do Not Call” list.  It won’t prevent all calls but it will cut down on the number of calls you receive.

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Newsflash

New Rules When Applying for Gun Permits

 

 

  • Applications for pistol purchase permits may be submitted in person at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office with payment of the $5.00 fee per permit.  There is no limit on the amount of permits that can be purchased.  There is no limit on the number of gun permits that can be purchase at one time.

 

  • The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, as a convenience and courtesy to the public, is also accepting on-line applications submitted through a private company's on-line application procedure. This option is strictly VOLUNTARY and any handling fee is between the company and the applicant.

 

  • The $5.00 fee is payable for each pistol permit application received.
 
 

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