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Law Enforcement Officials Report T-Shirt Scam

Officials locally and across the state are warning citizens that people are receiving texts with an offer to sell shirts from law enforcement agencies for $10 off. The texts are coming from outside of local area codes. Agencies locally who have issued this warning include the Catawba and Caldwell County Sheriff’s Offices.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office warns citizens that this is a scam. The Sheriff’s Office does not sell shirts and would not solicit merchandise sales by text. They will never call you and ask for any payment or offer anything for sale. It is suggested you block the number, and if you have followed the link to make payment, monitor your bank account for any suspicious or unauthorized charges.

This has been reported by law enforcement agencies across the state. In a published report, David Hess, the former president of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, says this is a major scam going on across the state right now. He also says these scams are difficult, if not impossible, to try and prosecute.

The scam starts with a personalized text message from a random number and claims to be from a local law enforcement agency. It offers a $10 dollar deal off a generic T-shirt with the agency’s badge in the center. When the person clicks the link, their personal and banking information is exposed.

Officials say police will never text, call or e-mail anyone to buy something. If you get one of these messages, delete it and block the number. If you have questions contact your local law enforcement agency.