Fraud & Scam Alerts
Craigslist Rental Scams
Suspects from remote locations overseas place a fictitious advertisement on Craigslist for a Rental Property they actually have no control over.
An ad in a scam looks legitimate and has much lower rates than what is normally charged. Business is conducted from prospective renter and suspect all through email exchange and end with the renter wiring funds to an bank account controlled by suspect. Once money is wired, no further contact with suspect occurs and victim is out money and has no rights to rental.
Dominion Power / Sheriff's Office Scams
Suspect calls and states power bill is past due, you missed court duty or some other fictitious story resulting in a payment needing to be made. Suspect requests people obtain a gift card from local stores and submit that as payment for the monies owed to them. Victims go and obtain gift cards and forward them to suspects for a fictitious debt.
A resident reported that someone came to their house advising they were collecting information for census purposes. We contacted the Regional Office of the Census Bureau in Atlanta, GA and were told that individuals are currently conducting census surveys. If anyone has contact with someone that advises they are collecting census data each of these individuals will have an ID card issued by the U.S Department of Commerce. To learn more about surveys conducted by the U.S Census Bureau please visit this website.
Past Thefts / Crimes
Sometime between 10:30 pm on September 28, 2019 and 07:00 am on September 29, 2019, unknown suspect(s) stole two Shimano TLD130 fishing rods out of a boat located in the 10100 block of S. Colony South Drive. The fishing rods are red and black, and the boat was parked in the yard of residence.
On September 30, 2019, 21 unknown suspect(s) removed landscaping yard lights from a residence in the 100 block E Sand Castle Crt. The lights were along the driveway to the property, where wires were cut to remove the lights and the power control box was removed from the side of the residence. 16 Mushroom Style lights, 5 Flood Lights and 1 transformer box were reported stolen.
Sometime between October 26, 2019 and October 30, 2019, unknown suspect(s) used and damaged a hot tub at a residence in the 2900 block S. Memorial Ave. The damage caused a leak which will require a professional repair.
On May 18, 2019 between 2:00PM and 5:00 PM, Unknown suspect(s) entered the rental property at 2306 OnetoLn, Nags Head and stole two Apple Ipads. One Ipad is described as beingWhite with 16 gigs of storage, the other is Black with 32 gigs of storage.
On May 16, 2019 shortly after8:00 AM, unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked silver Mazda CX5 parked at theBlackman St. Beach Access, and stole a brown and white Sakroots wallet out ofthe vehicle. The wallet contained credit cards, cash and the victims driver’slicense.
On May 8, 2019, between 11:30AM to 2:30 PM, unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked white Ford Focus parkedat the Bainbridge Beach Access, and stole a purse and wallet.
Sometime during the overnight hours of June 4, 2019 into June 5, 2019, unknown suspects pried open the office door of Galaxy Golf, 2920 S. VA Dare Trail, Nags Head and broke into a cash register.
The Nags Head Police Department is investigating the theft of money from a tip jar, at the Jersey Mike’s store located at 2424 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head on July 17, 2019, at approx. 5:00PM. The female suspect is observed ordering food and then waiting at the cash register. Once she receives and pays for her food, the employees walked away to tend to their food service duties. The female then reaches into the tip jar twice and took an unknown amount of cash just prior to leaving the store.
The female is white, approx.. 5’0” – 5’5”, with brown hair, wearing an orange or pink top, and black shorts. (see pictures to the right)
If you have any informationrelated to these incidents, please contact the Nags Head Police Department(252)441-6386 or Dare Community Crime Line (800) 745-2746.