The Rockingham Police Department has created this page to inform our residents of scams reported in our area. As modern technology progresses so will the sophistication in which scammers try to get your money.
Phone scammers now use computer technology over VoIP, (VoIP is the technology that converts your voice into a digital signal, allowing you to make a call directly from a computer), and can make a phone number appear to be from a legitimate company. Unfortunately most of these criminals are in another country and make it impossible to trace them.
Always hang up and call the company from whom they are trying to represent to see if they did in fact call you.
If you are told to purchase any type of money card, such as Green Dot, iTunes or any other prepaid card, it is a scam.
How do they get your information? From mailing lists and phone directory listings. Have you signed up for a "free" sweepstakes? or a chance to win a prize? Check whitepages.com to see if your name and number are listed there, often they have your relatives listed as well. You may request your information not be shared.
Also if you have Social Media accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. make sure your phone number and address are not public.
Listed on this page are some of the most common scams reported to our agency.
Be safe and alert to possible scammers and never give out personal information over the phone.
Call your local police if you have any questions.
Update: March 2017- The Police Dept. is still receiving numerous complaints of the IRS phone scam.
Please use your due diligence in the handling of these callers: Do not give them your personal information.
Do not call the number back they are calling from, it could result in overseas high phone charges back to your phone. Do not purchase iTunes or other prepaid cards if told to do so from the scammers.
Notify your local law enforcement with any concerns.
Charity Solicitations Watch out for phone solicitors representing charities -- they may be a scam. Although legitimate charities do make phone calls for donations, the FTC warns that not all the calls you receive will be legitimate.
Always ask for a charity's name, address and phone number before donating. Ask them to send you written information. Then look up the information on the charity yourself and make sure the call you received is legitimate. For example, if you get a call from someone claiming to raise money for your local Fraternal Order of Police, call your local police and ask them if the call was legitimate. This organization uses a telemarketing firm and DOES not give money to our local police. Be sure to ask the questions before donating.
The Rockingham Police Department never solicits money from citizens. If you get a call from someone claiming to represent the Police Department please call us immediately to report it.
A NEW SCAM IN OUR AREA
The Rockingham Police Department recently received a call from a local business owner who wanted to report a new scam. While the police department has always notified the public about various scams, this one has a new twist . The scammers are attempting to use the name of the Rockingham Police Department to force money from the victims. This is how the scam worked. The business owner received a phone call from someone who said that they were with the IRS and that they needed to pay their back taxes immediately and that they needed to give their debit card number to the caller. The person receiving the call realized it was a scam and hung up. About two minutes later, the same person received a call and the caller I.D. read the Rockingham Police Department and the number was the same as the department's. When the person spoke to the caller, the caller stated that they worked at the Rockingham Police Department and that they had received a fax from the IRS stating that there were warrants for her arrest if she did not pay the taxes. The person realized this was still a scam and hung up. She then called us to report this. It is highly important to understand that no police department, sheriff's department, or other law enforcement agency will ever call you and ask for any type of payment over the phone. Also, there are many ways now to "spoof" your phone number and make it show up as anyone else's. The Rockingham Police Department is asking that anyone that receives this type of phone call to please notify us at 1-910-895-2468 or email Detective Steve Odom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home Serve USA Management Scam
The Rockingham Police Department received a call from a local resident who said he received a letter in the mail from "HOME SERVE USA MANAGEMENT CORPORATION" stating that he owed the City of Rockingham money for "water line usage". Once again this was a scam and involved the scammer using the City of Rockingham's name in some fashion. If you receive such a letter please contact the department at (910) 895-2468.
Note: There have been numerous settled lawsuits file by different states against this company. It is an insurance company selling policies using municipalitie's names.
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