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Crooks requesting direct deposit

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Scammers are resourceful. Whenever one method for collecting victims’ funds is closed off, they come up with a new one. Now, many of them are telling their victims to take it to the bank.

Victims of various cons including the phony IRS Agent scam which recently cost a Raleigh man $4,898 are now being told to take their money to a major bank and deposit it into a specific account. The crook then withdraws the money at another branch of the bank – sometimes on the other side of the country.

In recent years, scammers have relied on wire transfer companies like Western Union and Moneygram to help them take possession of their ill-gotten gains. When those companies became more vigilant about protecting their customers from scams, many crooks moved to certain “reloadable” prepaid debit cards.  Now that route has also been closed off, and many are utilizing designated bank accounts. This method is riskier for them, due to bank security.  But these con artists are determined to get their hands on your money by any means possible.  Don’t let them trick you into handing over your hard-earned cash.

Report possible scams to the Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online at