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Scam Reported In Alexander County

The Alexander County Veteran Services Department is warning the public of an ongoing scam in which local citizens are being asked to send money to veterans whom they have never met. According to reports, scammers are developing online relationships, claiming to be in the military and saying that they need assistance.

The North Carolina Department of Justice website has a resource for consumers who think they may have been victimized by a scam. Among the consumer tips offered are say no to high-pressure sales pitches, be cautious when responding to anyone contacting you, either by phone or in person, and never give out your social security number or any personal financial information. Link to this page at

The Alexander Senior Center is hosting a “Senior Scam Seminar” on July 28 with Ann Elmore of the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State. The seminar will be held at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in Bethlehem at 10:00 a.m. and at the Taylorsville location of the Senior Center at 12:30 p.m. For more information about the seminar, contact Kristy Hunt at 828-352-7699 or

For more information regarding the scam reported in Alexander County or to report an incident, please contact Veteran Service Officer Cherry Kilby at 828-632-5411 or

[Story courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB]