The following is a press release issued by the Fort Bragg Police Department:
On February 5th, 2021, officers of the Fort Bragg Police Department received multiple complaints from citizens reporting a potential scam they had received via text message on their cell phones. Each reporting party stated the attempted fraud started with receiving a text message on their cell phone, asking if they would be interested in advertising for “Bang” energy drinks, by placing a “wrap” style decal on their vehicle.
The potential victims are then requested to respond and provide mailing address information, allowing the perpetrator to mail them a letter and fraudulent check in the amount of $1,950.50, which they were instructed to deposit into their own bank account utilizing an ATM or Mobile Deposit machine.
The letter goes on to provide the recipient with instructions for depositing the check, and how to contact a “Wrap Specialist” to have the decals installed on their vehicle. Both the letter and check contained multiple misspellings, improper grammar use, and other inconsistencies. These are typically common indicators of fraudulent activity, and should be noted by recipients of these types of mailings and communications. One recipient reported that the perpetrator requested their bank account information.
The Fort Bragg Police Department would like to remind the public that anytime you receive suspicious communications of any kind, to have law enforcement or someone else you trust, look at it and attempt to verify the validity before you possibly become a victim of fraud or theft.
Thank you to those persons who came and reported this to law enforcement, in order to warn others, and protect our community!