Community Living | Coupon | Police Scanner | E-News Signup | Archives | Merchant Directory | Dining Guide
Have a HOT TIP? Call 704-276-6587 Or E-mail us At
Lincoln Herald | Lincolnton, NC

home : state news : e-state news July 20, 2018

12/7/2017 12:01:00 AM
BBB Reminds Consumers To Be Aware Of Imposter Scams Around The Holidays

BBB Southern Piedmont & Western NC
Page Castrodale, Director Of Marketing & Communications

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Imposter scams come in many different forms, but they all work the same way: a scammer pretends to be someone you trust in an attempt to get money from you. Around the holidays, when people may be feeling more philanthropic than usual, it’s important to be aware of these two common types of imposter scams:

  • Grandparents scam: This scam has taken on many iterations over the years, but typically happens when someone claiming to be a beloved grandchild calls and asks for help, requesting money in the form of a wire transfer, prepaid debit card or gift card. There is usually an uptick in these types of scams this time of year and they have a holiday twist – the “grandchild” wants to come home for the holidays but needs money for car repairs or other travel expenses.
  • Charity scam: It isn’t hard to hack someone’s email or social media account and impersonate someone you know. In this charity scam, in an effort to take advantage of the holiday spirit, someone who you think you know reaches out and either asks for money to help their family or claims to be taking donations on behalf of a family or charity in need.

In both of these scenarios, the best way to protect yourself is to take the time to verify. Reach out to your relative or friend by phone and ask if they are really in need of help. And remember that asking for a prepaid debit card or gift card is always a red flag. These types of payments cannot be traced or retrieved and are common among scammers.

Check out to look up a business, file a complaint, write a customer review, report a scam, read tips, follow us on social media, and more.

Have Us E-mail You The Latest News
Click Here

Jackie D. OR

Your #1 Local Source for News, Sports, Opinion, Obituaries, Religion, Classifieds, Events, Photos, Community, Coupons, and more!

Serving Lincoln, Catawba, Gaston and Cleveland counties including the areas of Lincolnton, Denver, Maiden, Stanley, Alexis, Vale, Crouse, Iron Station, High Shoals and Cherryville.

Not a newspaper, not a magazine, we’re online – on your computer at home or work, on your smartphone… with news and more 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year including holidays.

Visit Our Facebook Page

1-Lincoln Animal Hospital 500 JULY SPECIAL

Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

North Carolina News


HomeNewsState NewsReligionOpinionSportsObituariesExtrasCommunityClassifiedsSubmitLife

Terms and Use | Merchant Directory | Dining Guide
Site Design and Content
Copyright Lincoln Herald, LLC 2011-2015


Software © 1998-2018 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved