If someone claiming to be the Johnston County Tax Office calls attempting to collect a credit card debt over the phone, the county itself says you should hang up.
County officials say someone has posed as the tax office as part of a recent scam, even altering Caller ID information to make the call look legitimate.
But the tax office, officials stressed, would not solicit a payment over the telephone.
The spoofing scam is under investigation.
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In the meantime, people are encouraged to educate themselves on identity theft, fraud and preventative measures by contacting the N.C. Attorney General’s Office at 919-716-6400 or the Federal Trade Commission at 877-438-4338.