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Scam Warning Issued By Authorities

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office says that they have received a number of recent reports about Captain Penley calling individuals demanding money. The Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that Captain would not call and ask you to deposit money into a bitcoin machine to keep from being arrested. They emphasize that this is a scam.

According to a recent news release from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, the agency saw an uptick in phishing scams both online using email, and by phone. Please be aware when checking personal emails that phishing scams are meant to appear like the regular emails you might receive when conducting your personal business such as banking or bill paying. Criminals often use a bank or business’ own web page background and similar fake email addresses to deceive their victims.

Phishing phone scams are similar to email scams, but in a phone scam the victim is contacted directly by a real person. The perpetrator in the phone scam usually directs the victim to remove money from their bank account as cash or a money order. The perpetrator then requests the victim to send the money to another address.

Phishing scammers have recently begun requesting victims to deposit their cash money into Bitcoin ATMs.

Please remember the following:

1. A legitimate business will not demand you to withdraw or transfer money without allowing you to first visit the business to speak with a representative.

2. If the person you are communicating with over the phone is rude, pushy, or demanding, just hang up and travel to the bank or the business in question.

3. Never withdraw or transfer money and send it to a person you do not know outside of a bank or storefront business.

4. If the person or email you are communicating with threatens you in any way, collect their name, phone number, or email address, and call 911 to report the incident to a law enforcement officer.