Authorities warn of phone scam that uses your own number

By on March 21, 2018

Sheriff J.D. “Doug” Doughtie is warning residents of the latest scam attempt that has been reported in Dare County and across northeastern North Carolina the last several days.

“There is an ongoing phone scam where you receive a call on your phone and the Caller ID is a local number or your own phone number,” Doughtie said. “When the call is answered the voice requests you to input, or speak to enter your PIN number and/or your Social Security number.”

Never give out your personal information such as your address, date of birth, other identity details, Doughtie said.

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“Beware of emails or text messages that ask for your personal information like your Social Security Number or bank account number,” Doughtie said. “Don’t reply to the email or text or click on any link. Legitimate companies will not ask you for your personal information in this way.”

If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact your local law enforcement office and/or call the N.C. Attorney General’s Office toll free hotline, 877-5-NO-SCAM.

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