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Halifax acting chief warns of phone scam

Town of Halifax Acting Chief of Police D. D. Irby warned area residents of a telephone scam currently being operated around Halifax County.

According to Irby, the caller says he represents Fed-Ex and advises the intended target he or she has won a significant amount of money.

The caller advises he will deliver a sealed container to the person that includes a check (typically $250,000 to over $2 million), but the person must provide $1,200 (sometimes more or less) in advance to cover processing fees.

These scam artists typically work in pairs or teams, and a person may receive a callback from one or more other scammers, Irby said.

Irby noted scammers call from toll free numbers, which often lead to a generic voice mailbox when a potential target attempts to call back.

Irby warns citizens if they receive a call of this nature, do not send money or give any personal information to the caller.

Irby urges citizens to get the caller’s name, phone number, address and any other information they can garner and contact their servicing law enforcement agency for assistance.

Note the majority of phone, Internet and mail scams originate from outside the United States.

“Once you send them money, it’s usually impossible to recover it,” Irby said.