North Carolina Department of Justice

North Carolina Department of Justice

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Phony Cops Are Scamming Business Owners

Thursday, January 12, 2012


A Wake County restaurant has fallen victim to a scam that targets employers. The Bonefish Grill in Cary received a call from someone claiming to be a law officer. The phony cop identified an employee at the restaurant by name, saying the employee had been arrested for driving while impaired. He relayed a request from the employee, asking the restaurant to wire money for bail. The phony cop was convincing and in an effort to assist its employee the restaurant wired $846 via MoneyGram as directed.
This scam plays on employers’ loyalty to their employees, and other restaurants and businesses need to be on the lookout for the scam. Our office first learned about this scam from Cary Police, and similar scams have been reported in other states.
Scammers will pretend to be anyone, including law officers, and they play on our emotions to get us to lower our guard. Keep yours up. Be skeptical when anyone asks you to wire money.
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.