ROCKINGHAM – Area residents warned of possible bank scam.
Scotland County Sheriff Ralph Kersey posted a warning on his Facebook page on Thursday, saying residents are “informed by letter and phone thanking them for opening new accounts with Vanguard as well as Navy Federal Credit Union”.
Kersey said in her post that there had been at least six such reports in Richmond County.
Captain Randy Dover of the Scottish County Sheriff’s Office said the agency had not yet received any reports.
The sheriff urged residents not to answer letters or phone calls, but to contact the North Carolina attorney general’s office.
Kersey’s post was shared by the Rockingham Police Department, which reported a potential bank card scam in February.
In this scenario, potential victims would receive Chase Bank debit cards in the mail, only to find that someone had used the victims’ information to open the account.
According to the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, the state ranks 18th for identity theft.
The 2019 Data Breach Report found that 1.08 million North Carolinians were affected by data breaches that year, which is a 45% drop from the previous year.
However, the 1,210 data breaches reported to the GA office that year were the highest on record. About 75% of these violations were due to hacking or phishing scams.
The GA office offers advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft, including protecting your mail, passwords and computer transactions. For a full list visit: https://ncdoj.gov/protecting-consumers/protecting-your-identity/protect-yourself-from-id-theft/