A retired Johnston County man says he was tricked by someone who called his home claiming to be a federal drug agent. Last month, the 72 year-old man said he was at home when he received a telephone call from the impostor.
The caller claimed they were a federal drug agent investigating a narcotics case in Texas. They claimed the man’s name had surfaced in their investigation and began questioning if he had recently been to Texas.
The victim said he had never been in trouble before and quickly became nervous. The law enforcement impersonator claimed they could clear the man’s name if he would sent them five $500 Target gift cards. The man obtained the cards and provided the card numbers to the fraudster. Only later did he realize he had been scammed out of $2,500.
Johnston County authorities are investigating.