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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Almost 20 years ago, the major tobacco companies agreed to a “Master Settlement” with state and local governments. The agreement, which has pumped billions of dollars into anti-smoking campaigns and other efforts to improve health, has also helped recover the cost of treating tobacco-related diseases. Now, crooks are trying to lure […]

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 This scam exploits the Veterans Choice Program, a government initiative that allows some vets to use health care providers outside the VA system. The program has a toll-free telephone number that vets and their families can use to check their eligibility. Crooks have set up a telephone number that is almost […]

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 Scammers will try to piggyback onto anything that might turn your money into their money, and unfortunately the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday is no exception. In this case, people are asked to fill out a survey to get “coupons” for large discounts from major retail chains like Bed, Bath and Beyond […]

Friday, April 28, 2017 Tomorrow, Saturday April 29th, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Law enforcement agencies will be collecting unneeded prescription medications as well as over-the-counter products. This service provides a safe, environmentally-friendly way for you to clean out your medicine cabinet. It also helps in the battle against the epidemic of opioid addiction, […]

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 For years we’ve been warning you about phony IRS agents who call, trying to convince you that you owe back taxes. To help you spot these scammers, we told you that the IRS won’t contact you by phone.But starting this month, Congress is requiring the IRS to hire private debt collectors. […]

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Monday, April 03, 2017 North Carolinians continue to receive calls from phony sheriff’s deputies who claim they skipped jury duty and a subsequent court date. The caller says a warrant has been issued for your arrest, or soon will be, but you can pay a fine now and avoid being arrested.These con artists are trying […]

Release date: 3/4/2017 For Immediate Release: Saturday, March 4, 2017Contact: Laura Brewer (919) 716-6484 ARE YOU SURE THOSE TICKETS ARE REAL?   Tickets to the upcoming UNC-Duke basketball game are hard to come by. So when someone used Craigslist to try to sell seats to the big game, it got the attention of police in Carrboro. They arranged […]

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Many consumers have received the call. A recorded message from someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service or Treasury Department threatens arrest if back taxes are not paid immediately. If you return the call you’ll be instructed to use a money order, wire transfer or prepaid debit card, perhaps […]

Friday, February 03, 2017 A dangerous scam is now spreading from businesses to other types of employers. In the scam, a worker in the human resources or payroll department receives an email from the CEO or a top executive. The message requests W-2s or other private information about the organization’s employees. But it is a […]