No, We Don’t Solicit Donations
Scammers are always coming up with new tricks and twists to steal your hard-earned money
The Chapel Hill Police and Fire departments do not call residents asking for donations, and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you receive such a call.
The New Year brings new opportunities for scammers to take advantage of someone who is looking to doing something nice.
Don’t be afraid to ask for identifying information (a name, position in the organization, call-back number, etc.). Trust your gut; if something doesn’t feel right, you may ask to call the person back.
The police department has received information on scammers cloning numbers to look like they’re calling from the police department. If you experience such a situation, you can ask to call that person right back, even if your caller ID is already showing the number you intend to call.
It’s important to note that when the Town officials contact individuals, we do not ask for money, gift cards, or personal information if we contact you. We may call you about follow-up information in a case in which you’re involved, and you should be aware of that case ahead of time.
If you receive a questionable call, take note of identifying details such as accent, what agency they claim to be calling from, and the type of information or payment they’re attempting to get from you, and report that information to us at 919-968-2760.
Scammers are always coming up with new tricks and twists to steal your hard-earned money.
To protect yourself from consumer frauds and scams, remember:
- Never share your Social Security Number, bank account or credit card information with someone you don’t know who calls you or emails you.
- Walk away from high-pressure sellers who tell you that you must make a decision right away.
- Don’t sign any contract or other paperwork until you’ve had a chance to read and understand it.
- Never pay money upfront to get a loan or win a lottery or sweepstakes.
- Don’t respond to letters or emails that ask you to help transfer money into your bank account or wire money out of the country.
- Don’t cash checks you get in the mail along with a letter or call that tells you you’ve won an unexpected prize. The checks are most likely fakes.
For additional Information visit the North Carolina Department of Justice Website at: ncdoj.gov/Consumer.aspx.