NC sheriff’s office sergeant warns of scam after falling victim to ploy himself

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ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (WECT) – The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office says someone is spoofing the State Employees’ Credit Union phone number. The new scam transpires so seamlessly, one of their own high ranking officials has fallen for it.

The sheriff’s office put the warning out on their Facebook page Thursday night.

According to law enforcement, the victim is notified by phone that someone has made fraudulent charges to their account. The scammer’s objective is to get the victim to verify their bank information so they can get into their account and take your money.

Bladen County Sheriff’s Office First Sgt Richard Allen says he still fell into the trap, despite having years of investigative experience.

“[The lady on the phone] advised me that some fraudulent charges had been posted to my account in the sum of $2,500 at Apple in Georgia. She verified all my information address, date of birth, even my secret security answer to which she had all the answers. She sent a text message from State Employees Credit Union for a verification code. She put me on hold to lock my account and never came back. I called the number back and it was the contact for State Employees Credit Union,” the Facebook post noted. “After the phone call dropped, another phone call came in and it was the real Fraud Department with State Employees notifying me that the first caller was a scam and they had taken $500 from my account.”

If you receive a call from 1-888-732-8562, hang up and do not answer any questions. Experts say to go to your local bank branch to confirm the charges and to reset your passwords as soon as you’re able.

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