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Hurricane-Related Facebook Post Leads to Scam Attempt

Friday, September 02, 2011


A vacationer who had planned a trip to North Carolina’s Outer Banks was contacted by a scammer after she posted on a realtor’s Facebook page. In her post, the woman expressed sorrow about the destruction along the North Carolina coast due to Hurricane Irene and hope that everyone on the island was safe. She also noted that although she was unable to take her planned trip to the Outer Banks, she wouldn’t lose the money she’d placed as a deposit on a beach house rental because she purchased trip insurance.
Not long after writing the post, the woman was contacted by someone claiming to be a representative of the travel insurance company. The caller asked for her credit card number. Suspicious, the woman started to ask questions and the caller hung up.
Scammers are always on the lookout for information they can use to trick you into giving up even more valuable information, and they’re especially active in the wake of a disaster. When you go online, don’t give scammers ammunition to use against you. Think before you post.
If you spot a scam, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or filing a complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov.