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Posted by Transylvania County on May 14, 2019

If you have a smart phone, perhaps you are like us; you’re getting an array of phone calls from all over the United States and North America from Telemarketing con artists. They are creative, coming up with new tricks every day to scam unsuspecting Transylvania residents. The callers prey on anyone who answers a phone, but especially seniors and others who have responded to phony sweepstakes or other scams before.


Today, we end our examination of examples of scams we know have been successful for fraudulent telemarketers give you an idea of the tricks they play.



Some questionable charities try to deceive you by using names that are similar to well-known, legitimate charities. They often adopt names that sound like law enforcement agencies because they know people generally support law enforcement, and because some people may be intimidated by a call from someone who claims to be with a police organization. Ask the caller to send you information by mail so you can check out the organization before contributing to them. If you want to support a particular group, such as your local police or schools, contact them directly to find out the best way to do so. 



You are contacted by a professional fundraiser on behalf of a legitimate charity or community group. Unless you ask, fundraisers do not have to tell you how much of your donation they will keep. Some keep as much as 90 percent, so ask how much of your contribution would go to the worthy cause and how much would go toward fundraising. You can also ask to receive written information about the charity’s fundraising. Instead of responding to individual solicitations, you may want to contribute directly to your favorite legitimate charities.


A paving contractor knocks on your door. He says his crew just finished paving another driveway in the neighborhood. He claims to have some leftover paving material and offers an excellent deal on paving your driveway. The driveway is coated with an oily substance or a very thin layer of asphalt. Not long after you pay $3,000 - $6,000 for your driveway, the new surface crumbles or washes away. This scam is perpetrated by roving contractors who strike an area and move on quickly, and is frequently used against seniors.


The North Carolina Department of Justice can help; call toll free at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM

Source: NC Department of Justice