Sheriff Miller warns about scams that continue targeting Onslow citizens

Additional scam information released from the OCSO by Sheriff Miller, warning citizens to take heed of warnings that a variety of scams are targeting citizens.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller released additional information this afternoon about ongoing scams, warning citizens to be aware.

Back in April, the OCSO released a post notifying citizens of several scams that had been brought to our attention.  This week they’ve learned from a citizen that there is a new one out there, and Sheriff Miller wants everyone to be aware of it.  They are referring to this as the, “Medicare SCAM.”

 The caller, claiming to be with Medicare Health Services called asking the citizen for information. The caller somehow already had the citizen’s social security number but was trying to gather more information under the claim that they would increase the citizen’s Medicare benefits.  The press release specifically states, “THIS IS NOT TRUE AND IS A SCAM!!!!!!”

The citizen luckily did not provide any additional information and immediately called the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Miller again emphasizes, “NEVER, EVER give ANY kind of personal information to anyone over the phone!  A legitimate business will correspond with you through letters sent through the US Postal Service, or certified letter.  No legitimate business will ask for personal information (address, phone number, social security number, bank account information, etc) over the telephone!”

Be Aware of additional scams we are experiencing in our area that are noted below.

“Arrest Warrant SCAM”- Where the incoming call could come from a different area code or even a local number that citizens don’t recognize.  Many times, that number is “spoofed” and not in service.  Sometimes, the incoming caller has a foreign accent, but not always.  The caller may allege that the answering party owes the government a certain amount of money and that an arrest warrant will be issued unless the answering person pays that amount.  Then, the caller will “offer” to collect the money by a telephonic credit card transaction and give a different telephone number for the answering party to call back. (Previous SCAMs have asked the answering party to purchase a gift card from a local vendor and pass the card number to the caller.)

The “Tax SCAM”- Please know that our national, state or local governments do NOT collect back taxes by calling citizens and asking for credit card numbers or gift cards by phone.  If taxes are properly owed, notifications will be made by United States Mail.

“Jury SCAM”- A false allegation that a citizen did not report for jury duty. (Call the court house jury coordinator directly for verification).

Sympathy SCAM” A relative in police custody needing bail money, or in a medical facility needing money. 

The Onslow Beat received notice of one example where this type of scam occurred just a few weeks ago involving one Onslow County family. It’s also referred to as the “Grandparents Scam”.

Kristin Laney told The Onslow Beat just how this scam targeted her father and used their son as the “cause”.

 Four or five years ago, when my son (Joey) was in high school, my father got a phone call. My parents live in Wisconsin and we obviously live here in NC. My dad doesn’t have the best hearing, similar to many grandparents, and the first thing he heard was a voice “Grandpa?”. Of course, my dad immediately responded with “Joey, is that you?”. The next thing my dad heard was an adult male who told him that Joey was in trouble and he needed his help. He told my dad that Joey had been in a car with some other kids and they were pulled over. Drugs were found in the car, and while Joey wasn’t driving and didn’t own the car, he was still in trouble because no one would claim the drugs. Supposedly, Joey had been “arrested” and would need to go to court and money was needed to take care of the situation. As a note, my poor father is not very world-wise and fell for all of this hook, line and sinker. He never sent the money, but this individual called him repeatedly over several weeks telling my father that Joey was in court, the individual stated that he was able to pick Joey up from school for this because he was law enforcement, without my knowledge. The caller repeatedly told my dad that he couldn’t talk to anyone about it because the kids were underage and that he couldn’t call me about it.

My mother continually told my dad that it sounded fishy and that she knew how I was raising my son. He was never in a location when I didn’t know where he was. Ultimately, they finally called me one day to see what was going on and I was able to tell them that it was entirely fake. At that time, I knew Hans Miller and told my parents that I could get in contact with him to verify all the information. Before I was able to do that, my dad contacted their local county sheriff with whom he is friends. The sheriff told my dad it was a scam and that they usually picked on older people because they sometimes have difficulty hearing, will respond with the grandchild’s name, and will do anything to help their grandkids. I did send the info to the OCSO just so they could put it out there. We were lucky that my dad didn’t send the money they were requesting and it turned out fine but someone else might not be so lucky. -Kristin Laney

 

“Sweepstakes or Lottery Win SCAM”  Asking for a “handling fee.”  Fraud. This particular scam has targeted Instagram users as well as by phone. Read more here.

“Data Mining SCAM” where an unknown or unverified party asks for personal or bank account information.  “Phishing”

“Debt Consolidation Loan SCAM” offer that’s too good to be true.  No free money.

Sheriff Miller urges citizens, “Please protect yourself, your family, your property and even your friends & neighbors.  Please be careful to VERIFY before you trust. Help spread the word especially to the elderly, or those who do not have access to a computer. NO GOVERNMENT AGENCY WILL ASK ANYONE TO PAY BY TELEPHONE USING A GIFT CARD OR PREPAID DEBIT CARD!”

“Scam Likely” Series: Debt Collection Scam Vol. 1 No. 1

Vol. 1. No. 1 “Scam Likely” Series. Debt Collector Scams are on the rise amongst many other types of scamming methods. In this article, consumers are provided with tools to combat and prevent being victims of Debt Collection Scammers as well as how to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the State’s Attorney General.

Debt Collection Scams

There are a number of digital scams by phone, text and even e-mail. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning consumers of these ongoing scams through their website and the media. Our Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller just recently released a statement advising citizens to be aware of various scams and to not fall victim to them. Scammers are now using a variety of methods including debt collection, fake government officials, identity theft, phishing and pharming, fake prizes, gifts, sweepstakes, lottery scams and even buying online through Craigslist and the Facebook Marketplace.

Debt collection scams: This kind of scam is where consumers are receiving calls from threatening and harassing collectors who repeatedly attempt to collect a debt. Many consumer complaints that fall under this section are involving matters of credit and/or debit card fees, cash advances, credit repair companies and even alleging there has been unauthorized debit and credit card to use on your accounts.

How does the debt collection scam work?

Well, this scam is a straight shooter. The scammers call consumers posing as real collection agencies. Usually they have already accessed at least some of your personal information through a grand scheme of sorts with identity theft or even as far as obtaining your credit report.

How can scammers get your credit report? The NOLO Legal Online Encyclopedia says one way is, Job applicant credit reports. Which in reality, is kind of another scam in itself online. Generally, a scammer will pose as an employer or a potential employer Requesting to obtain our review your credit report as a part of the hiring process. From there the “employer” (fake) employer now proceeds to request that you use A very specific “free” credit report service through what is usually a website that appears legitimate and of course ends up costing you money. Then from that, the scammer can collect all of your personal information, steal your identity and also have your credit report.

The catch to debt collection scammers is, they will even use debts that you actually owe such as student loans, or even a credit card debt making the demand to pay immediately highly believable since it is something you identify with.

A few things to recognize to identify if you’re dealing with a debt collection scam:

  • They ask you to pay right away. Be suspicious when a debt collector who suddenly seems to want to use an unusual amount of pressure, maybe even threats and other tactics to implement fear to get you to pay “today” and right away.
  •  They may be threatening to hit you with a lawsuit, or all of your wages will be garnished, property seized, arrest you, deportation, telling your employer, and even threaten public shaming. Credit Karma says those are signs that you are dealing with a debt collections scam.
  • Will ask you to pay via wire transfer, such as Western Union or Money Gram. No legitimate debt collectors will ask you to do this. Do NOT sent money by wire!
  • The debt collector is seeking a payment on a debt for a loan that you do not recognize.
  • They call claims to be from the IRS and use an automated recording to tell you to call another number than what shows on your caller ID in order to settle your debt “immediately” to avoid penalty.
  • The person on the call refuses to give you a mailing address or a phone number.
  •  The caller asks you personal financial or sensitive information such as to verify your Social Security number, birthday, as well as your address. In some calls they may even mention things like names of relatives, don’t fall for it. These things are easily accessible online through public databases such as WhitePages. A legitimate debt collector would already know all the details.
  • The caller may or may not use profanity. If the caller does use profanity, that is most likely a fake call. No matter how aggressive legitimate collectors may be, the FDCPA limits what debt collectors can do when they contact debtors.
  • They call you before 8 a.m. and/or after 9 p.m.

What to do if you suspect a call is from a fake debt collector?

  • Ask the “debt collector for his or her first and last name, what company they are calling from, a street address (with city and state) for that company, and a telephone number with an extension if applicable to call them back directly.
  • Consumers should tell the caller that you refuse to further discuss and debt until receiving a valid written notice. The FTC says these written notices MUST include the exact amount of debt, the name of the creditor you are in debt to, and a statement of your rights under the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
  • If the person on the line refuses to give you ALL of the aforementioned information, HANG UP! Do NOT pay them any money at all. Paying a fraudulent debt collector will only cost you more money, you’ll still owe the debt and the scammer will likely attempt another scam on you because you were a success.
  • Stop talking to the caller! If able to obtain the caller’s address, the FTC says write a letter demanding the caller stop contacting you, make a copy and keep it in your personal files. Doing this, by law, legitimate debt collectors must stop calling you once you ask them to in writing.

*The NCAG Josh Stein says this letter will not erase the debt and the legitimate creditors can still take legal action against you for the debt owed.

  • Do not give the caller any personal, sensitive or financial information. NEVER give nor confirm any personal information such as date of birth, social security number, bank account information, credit/debit card numbers, unless you are 100% certain who you are dealing with. “When in doubt, count it out.” Giving personally identifiable information puts consumers at risk of becoming victims of charges to credit cards, opening new card accounts, checking/savings accounts, writing “bad checks” even electronically, or taking out loans in your name.
  • Contact your creditor. Call the original creditor that the agency says they are calling on behalf of, if it is truly an attempt on behalf of the company you owe, they can verify. If it is not, you can make them aware of the call and details.
  • File a complaint report with the FTC and the state Attorney General’s office as well. A lot of states have individual sets of laws in addition to federal laws. Your states Attorney General’s office can assist in providing information on your rights per your states laws.

NC Residents can contact the NC Attorney General, Josh Steins Office toll-free at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (1-877-566-7226) or online here.

Know your rights and know the boundaries of debt collectors by familiarizing with the FDCPA

A video from the FTC on debt collection scams:

If you feel you may have been a victim of identity theft, here are more information and options through the FTC.

To track scams through complaints with the Better Business Bureau’s tracker in your area, you can do so online here.

To file a formal complaint with the FTC, you can call the FTC’s Consumer Response Center at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or online here.

Sheriff Hans Miller warns citizens of phone and internet scams

Onslow Co. Sheriff Hans Miller warns citizens with urgency to be aware of phishing, spoofing, rebate, lottery scams and more.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller issued a statement Friday afternoon about the current dangers of scams that are being used to victimize adult citizens of all ages.
“Modern technology is here to stay. It helps us do many things, but it can and has also been abused by individuals with criminal intent.”, said Sheriff Miller.

The goal of Miller’s Statement is with hopes of protecting citizens from scam artist and cons. Miller stated, “I feel that it is necessary to inform our citizens of certain telephone or Internet and email scams.”

Sheriff Miller listed a few vital reminders of things citizens are urged to be aware of:

• The Social Security Administration does not advertise benefits on social media. The SSA does not use social media or telephone to inform that their account numbers are “frozen.” The SSA does not ask people for money by phone or social media.
• The Internal Revenue Service will never threaten citizens or ask for tax money or fines by telephone or social media.
• Neither the court system or the sheriff of any county issues warning letters or threats about any jury issues, or threats of any arrests by internet, email or by telephone. Neither the court system nor sheriffs will ask for money to take care of “fines.”

“When in doubt, ask the professionals, file a report.” said Sheriff Miller.
The sheriff urges citizens to please not get “phished”. Restrain from anyone encouraging you to buy gift cards, send any money for rebate winnings or any money transactions to people that you do not know or have a trusting relationship.

Sheriff Miller strongly encourages all citizens to understand that this is not how the government works. Additionally, Miller says, “PLEASE do not ever give your Social Security number or any other personal information to someone that you do not know and trust.”

The Onslow Beat will go more in depth of these scams that are victimizing many across the country. Stay tuned for a short series on them to be aware and information to protect yourself from falling victim.

Coming soon in a 3-part series: Phone Scams- Spoofing, Phishing and Military Romance Scams.

Man arrested on allegations of fraudulent business practice for incomplete hurricane repairs

On May 8, 2019 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a citizen reporting that he had hired Matthew Dean Williams to do repair work on his residence after Hurricane Florence, but the work never was done.

The General Crimes Unit of the Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident and determined that Williams had committed the same acts on previous occasions and had other pending charges of the same type of case.

In this case the investigation revealed Williams, 58-years-old agreed to repair the victim’s residence on Graytown Road and only partially completed the work. Williams was arrested May 14, 2019 and charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretenses. Magistrates placed Williams under a $3,500 secured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Curlee at 910-989-4074, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019006863 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Telephone scams are on the rise in Onslow County

Onslow County Sheriffs Office issued a press release this morning warning citizens to be aware of an increase in reports of telephone scams.

During the last week of April 2019, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office has again received reports about a telephone SCAM that some Onslow County citizens have received. Sheriff Miller and his staff want to ensure that all citizens know about these SCAMs & ask citizens to “pass the word” to others. Be aware.

The incoming call could come from a different area code or even a local number that citizens don’t recognize. Many times, that number is “spoofed” and not in service. Sometimes, the incoming caller has a foreign accent, but not always. The caller may allege that the answering party owes the government a certain amount of money and that an arrest warrant will be issued unless the answering person pays that amount. Then, the caller will “offer” to collect the money by a telephonic credit card transaction and give a different telephone number for the answering party to call back.

(Previous SCAMs have asked the answering party to purchase a gift card from a local vendor and pass the card number to the caller.)

Our national, state or local governments do NOT collect back taxes by calling citizens and asking for credit card numbers or gift cards by phone. If taxes are properly owed, notifications will be made by United States Mail.

Other SCAMS for citizens to be aware of:

  • A “Jury SCAM.” A false allegation that a citizen did not report for jury duty. (Call the court house jury coordinator directly for verification).
  • A relative in police custody needing bail money, or in a medical facility needing money. (Known as a “Sympathy SCAM”).
  • A “Sweepstakes or Contest or Lottery Win” SCAM. Asking for a “handling fee.” Fraud.
  • A “Data Mining SCAM” where an unknown or unverified party asks for personal or bank account information. “Phishing.”
  • A “Debt Consolidation Loan” offer that’s too good to be true. No free money.

Please protect yourself, your family, your property and even your friends & neighbors. Please be careful to VERIFY before you trust

NO GOVERNMENT AGENCY WILL ASK ANYONE TO PAY BY TELEPHONE USING A GIFT CARD OR PREPAID DEBIT CARD!

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

OCSO seeks help identifying woman in two counterfeit bill cases

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help identifying a female wanted for questioning in two separate counterfeit bill cases.

On March 5, 2019, a black female made a small purchase at the Family Dollar Store on Burgaw Hwy and handed the cashier a hundred-dollar bill. Then on March 6, 2019 the same female made a small purchase at Top Dogs Pizza on Richlands Hwy and also paid with a hundred-dollar bill. When both businesses tried making deposits, the banks informed them that the bills were counterfeit.

The female in both incidences is described as a light-skinned black female, approximately 5’6”, 140 lbs. Her hair is dyed light brown to red and was worn slicked back in an afro. In one case, she wore a black leather jacket with “P Raw” over the left front pocket. The P turned into a lightning bolt and the A appeared to have a star over it. In the other case, she wore a navy-blue windbreaker with blue jeans and pink flip flops. Both incidences occurred between 6:00 – 6:30pm.

If you know the identity of the female in the photos, please contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Sergeant Lincoln at 910-989-4064, jonathan_lincoln@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019003345 or 2019003509 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

NC 9th Congressional operator accused as ballot fraud ringleader- Leslie Dowless Jr. arrested

NC’s 9th Congressional District operative has been charged with obstruction of justice and illegal ballot possession related to the 2016 and 2018 elections.
Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. was indicted by a grand jury and arrested, following evidence gathered and presented from during the investigation in light of the irregularities of absentee ballots in Bladen County in the 2016 general election and the 2018 primary election. Dowless is accused of being the ringleader of this illegal ballot harvesting operation.

WAKE CO.,NC-

NC’s 9th Congressional District operative has been charged with obstruction of justice and illegal ballot possession related to the 2016 and 2018 elections.

Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. was indicted by a grand jury and arrested, following evidence gathered and presented from during the investigation in light of the irregularities of absentee ballots in Bladen County in the 2016 general election and the 2018 primary election. Dowless is accused of being the ringleader of this illegal ballot harvesting operation.

Dowless was a key player, a political-operative hired by the Rev. Mark Harris, a Republican, to help get out the vote in his 2018 congressional run. Unofficially, Harris won by 905 votes on the Nov. 6 election over Democrat opponent Dan McCready. The State Board of Elections, however, refused to certify the race because of the widespread election irregularaties.

After the board of elections ordered a new election, the Reverand (Harris) unfortunately became ill and withdrew from the race and pending surgery.

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The indictment reads in section II that “The jurors for the State upon their oath present that on or between March 21, 2018, through May 8, 2018, in Wake County the defendant named above unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did conspire with others, including but not limited to, Rebecca Thompson and Kelly N. Hendrix, with deceit and intent to defraud, to obstruct public and legal justice by submitting or causing to be submitted by mail absentee ballots and container return envelopes for those ballots to the Bladen County Board of Elections in such a manner so as to make it appear that those ballots had been voted and executed in compliance with the provisions of Article 21 of the North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 163A pertaining to absentee ballots when they, in fact, had not been so executed….”

This arrest follows a refusal to testify last week at a State Board of Elections evidentiary hearing into widespread election fraud last year in the 9th District.

Also indicted were Dowless associates Tonia Marie Gordon, Caitlyn Croom, and Matthew Monroe Mathis, aforementioned Rebecca Thompson. Kelly Hendrix was named as an unindicted co-conspirator.

Reportedly, Dowless directed subordinates to commit crimes and give false statements to investigators. The Co-Conspirators also committed a number of criminal acts.

Dowless is being held in the Wake County Detention Center on $30,000 secured bond. The cases were placed on the Wake County Superior Court calendar for March 25.

Dowless is charged with three counts of felony obstruction of justice, two counts of conspiracy to commit felony obstruction of justice, and two counts of possession of an absentee ballot stemming from the 2016 and 2018 elections.

Read the indictment STATE OF NC VS LESLIE MCCRAE DOWLESS

 

Fraud suspects sought by JPD for numerous accounts across the city and county

(02/25/19)- The Jacksonville Police Department is asking for your help in identifying the men in the attached photographs. There are four photos. They are wanted in the questioning of numerous frauds reported in the City and County.

They were last seen driving an Infinity Q60 two door coupe type vehicle.

If you know the identity of these subjects please contact JPD Detective Jason Lagana at 910-938-6414 or jlagana@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information determined to be of value to law enforcement. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES) Please refer to Case 19-1502 when calling or texting about these photos.

Felony Vehicle Break-in and Fraud Suspect Sought

 The Jacksonville Police Department is asking for your help to identify the man in the attached photographs.  He is a person of interest in a felony vehicle break-in that occurred at CVS located at 400 Western Blvd on Feb. 13, 2018. The suspect stole the victim’s purse, and then fraudulently used the victim’s credit card throughout the city.  There are six photos.

The male is described as a white male in his 20s, with brown hair and beard. He was wearing black shoes, brown pants, and a black t-shirt with a colorful design on the front at the time of the offenses. He drives a white Saturn Ion with tinted windows (pictured below).

If you know the identity of this subject please contact JPD Detective E. Giusti at 910-938-6420 or egiusti@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. 

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information determined to be of value to law enforcement.  Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES) Please refer to Case 19-01400 when calling or texting about these photos.

Hampstead woman arrested on fraud charges using PayPal

On December 14, 2018, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office uniformed patrol deputies responded to a residence on Tar Landing Road in Holly Ridge for a report of fraud. The victim indicated someone had accessed his PayPal account and transferred money to their own account.

The victim provided information that led investigators to issue a search warrant for PayPal records. Information received back from PayPal revealed that Melody Croom Hudson had received money fraudulently from the victim’s account.

Hudson, 32 years of age of Sloop Point Road in Hampstead, was arrested February 7, 2019. She was taken before a magistrate and charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretense, a felony. Hudson was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $5,000 unsecured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Hipple at 910-989-40401, matthew_hipple@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018019924 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

UPDATE: Mother and infant missing from Laurinburg found safe and arrest made in scam plot #HOAX

LAURINBURG, NC UPDATE:

After nearly 24 hours of investigation across multiple agencies and searching for the mother and infant believed to be missing, authorities have said it’s a hoax and so far one person has been arrested. Upon conclusion of the investigative interviews, “…. there was not a woman named April Morrison or missing infant child at any point.”


(WTVD) reported update:

A woman and her infant believed to be missing and in danger in Scotland County have been found safe, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office said Friday night.

This was all a ploy to try to obtain money from donations, said Scotland County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jessica Sadonikov.

A woman, Danilla Bethea, has been arrested.

Bethea is being taken to the Scotland County Jail.



The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding a missing woman and her infant daughter who investigators say they believe to be in danger.

Leann Morrison, 2 week old infant #MISSING

The sheriff’s office’s Criminal Investigation Unit posted the call for help on its Facebook page shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday after receiving a report of a missing person/child.

At this time, the investigation remains in the very early infancy stages as we seek to collect and gather information.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, is in search of a Hispanic female known as, April Morrison. April is a Hispanic female, possibly Puerto Rican or similar, and speaks both English and Spanish. April was reported to have arrived in the Richmond County area, approximately 8 months pregnant. April gave birth to a female infant child recently, and the infant is believed to be in danger and not in the care of her mother. The agency has not positively identified the infant, and has reasonable suspicion that April is operating under an alias. April was believed to be staying in local motels or hotels, between Richmond County, Scotland County and Fayetteville, NC.

If you have any information pertaining to the whereabouts of “April Morrison” and her female infant child approximately 2-3 weeks old, please contact our office immediately. Your report can be anonymous if you wish. April is reported currently as possibly being deceased or having been removed from the Scotland County and or Richmond County Area possibly under fear or coercion.

Continue reading “UPDATE: Mother and infant missing from Laurinburg found safe and arrest made in scam plot #HOAX”

Four men WANTED for card theft and fraudulent

NEWS RELEASE

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help identifying three men who may have information regarding stolen credit cards in Jacksonville and Onslow County.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of vehicle break-ins where the victims had credit cards stolen. In each case, the stolen cards were used to purchase items at various businesses along Western Blvd., New Bern Highway and businesses in Pollocksville and New Bern.

Investigators need help identifying three black males who were captured on video surveillance using the stolen cards. The only description we have currently is that two of the men were wearing dark blue hats, light blue button-up shirts and white sneakers. One male was wearing a Rasta cap, similar to the one pictured below. The men are believed to be driving a late-model 4-door Honda Accord, or similar compact car, also pictured below.

If anyone knows the identity of any of the men pictured, please contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Simma at 910-989-4058, Detective Hipple at 910-989-4040, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019000174 or 2019000186 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

See previous story here.

ALERT: Phone scams in Onslow

RELEASE DATE:

NOVEMBER 1, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

FROM SHERIFF HANS MILLER:

During the last week of October 2018, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office has received reports about a telephone SCAM that some Onslow County citizens have received. Sheriff Miller & his staff want to ensure that all citizens know about these SCAMs & ask citizens to “pass the word” to others. Be aware.

The incoming call could come from a different area code or even a local number that citizens don’t recognize. Many times, that number is “spoofed” and not in service. Sometimes, the incoming caller has a foreign accent, but not always. The caller may allege that the answering party owes the government a certain amount of money and that an arrest warrant will be issued unless the answering person pays that amount. Then, the caller will “offer” to collect the money by a telephonic credit card transaction and give a different telephone number for the answering party to call back.

(Previous SCAMs have asked the answering party to purchase a gift card from a local vendor and pass the card number to the caller. A prior news release was made).

Our national, state or local governments do NOT collect back taxes by calling citizens and asking for credit card numbers or gift cards by phone. If taxes are properly owed, notifications will be made by United States Mail.

Other SCAMS for citizens to be aware of:
A “Jury SCAM.” A false allegation that a citizen did not report for jury duty. (Call the court house jury coordinator directly for verification).
A relative in police custody needing bail money, or in a medical facility needing money. (Known as a “Sympathy SCAM”).
A “Sweepstakes or Contest or Lottery Win” SCAM. Asking for a “handling fee.” Fraud.
A “Data Mining SCAM” where an unknown or unverified party asks for personal or bank account information. “Phishing.”
A “Debt Consolidation Loan” offer that’s too good to be true. No free money.

Please protect yourself, your family, your property and even your friends & neighbors. Please be careful to VERIFY before you trust.

FOR the people, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office. Serving with Honor & Integrity.”

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.