Beware of requests for cash this holiday season

Beware of requests for cash this holiday season

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on December 21, 2009 at 6:37 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 21 at 6:53 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- This time of year, it's easy to get caught up in the spirit of giving. Just make sure you know who you're giving to.

NewsChannel 36 reporter Anjanette Flowers received a voice mail from someone who seemed to know her.

"I was calling, concerning to see if y'all were helping families for Christmas," the woman said. "I just recently got out of the hospital and I was trying to get some help for my son."

It turns out that Flowers didn't know the woman. When she tried calling the number provided, she was told she dialed the wrong number.

"They have to personalize it. They have to make it seem like you may know them or may know of them or they know you through whatever means," said Tom Bartholomy with the Better Business Bureau.

When Flowers called the number a second time, she was told the woman wasn't home.

Bartholomy says that's typical and so are the stories that the con artists give.

"A call with a similar very sad, sad story -- money to buy gifts for the kids and unable to do so --finding as many ways as they can to tug at your heartstrings," Bartholomy said. "It's unfortunate. It happens. It happens especially this time of the year since it's the season of giving and nobody wants to see anybody not have a nice Christmas."

Bartholomy believes the caller might have asked to meet somewhere and be given cash.

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