Don't fall for fake surveys that could lead to identity theft
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
SCAM: Residents of North Carolina are being targeted by a new twist on an old scam. People have received letters that claim to come from the Employment Security Commission. The letter includes $5 and a note asking them to participate in an upcoming survey by telephone. The letter is followed by a call from someone who says they are with the Employment Security Commission, offering them a check for $20 if they will complete a survey. People who have participated in the survey may become victims of identity theft.
TIPS: The Employment Security Commission does not contact people about paid surveys. Always beware of calls that ask for personal information such as your Social Security Number. Many times, scammers use the name of real agencies or companies to try to make their calls more believable. Don’t be fooled.
Never give out personal information to someone you don’t know who calls you on the phone. If someone calls you and asks for your personal information, ask for the caller’s name and department and then hang up. Look up the phone number for the organization or business yourself and call back to verify that they are who they say they are.
If you’ve been the victim of a similar scam, please contact Attorney General Roy Cooper’s Consumer Protection Division for assistance at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint.