The Dare County Sheriff’s Office has recently been contacted about several possible scams that have occurred in the Outer Banks area.
Per a September 17 public service announcement from the Sheriff’s Office, in these cases, the scammers want to send individuals money through either a cashier’s check or an online payment, utilizing Outer Banks-centric marketplace sites, such as Craigslist or Facebook.
The online statement from the Sheriff’s Office is as follows:
This is happening for Craigslist-type ads and things such as remote computer repair work. However, it could be for just about anything. The scammers want you to fill out a form and provide your information to send the money to. They will even tell you not to give a P.O. Box but a physical address. This gives them all your information for future contact.
When you place an item on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or any other sites, the scammers will try to contact you. If you respond to them, they will most likely tell you they want to purchase your item at full price plus a fee for you to hold it. They will ask you to fill out a form providing all of your information such as name, physical address (not P.O. Box), phone number, and the amount you are to receive for the item so they can send the check. They will ask you to hold the item until you have received the check and cash it. If you are successful in cashing the check and let them know you have done this, they will tell you they have changed their…