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Scams & Frauds: ID Fraud and Impact on Individuals

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10134 Governors Drive

Chapel Hill, NC 27517

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Scams & Frauds: ID Theft and Impact on Individuals

Presented by Detective Mike Copeland, CFCI, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office

Who’s that calling? Yet another telemarketer on your phone? Hmm, that name is kinda familiar - should I open that email? Everyone is a target for scammers, including you.

Open your inbox and you are often greeted by a deluge of emails from obvious spam to sketchy to downright credible. No matter how strong your filters or your resolve, you or someone in your family is a target. And many will be victims.

While Governors Club residents may be somewhat protected from dubious roving roof repair crews, we are not immune to the thiefs who use phones, internet and snail mail. Scammers use increasingly sophisticated and creative ways to get to you and your resources.

Chatham County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Copeland will focus on identity theft and how scammers operate using all these mediums. He will share Information, tips and strategies for preventing and reacting to scammers’ approaches. There will be plenty of time for your questions and concerns.


Mike Copeland is originally from New York, NY, but has called North Carolina home since 1995. Prior to becoming a Deputy Sheriff, Mike worked for IBM as well as served in the United States Navy operating nuclear power plants and electrical distribution systems aboard submarines.

Mike has been a sworn deputy with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years. Seven of those years were spent working as a detective. For the last three years, he has specialized in financial crimes investigations and serves as a local advocate for fraud awareness and prevention.

Mike holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Department of Justice and is certified in Financial Crimes Investigations by Utica College. He is also certified as a Criminal Investigations Specialist and has received recognition in the Congressional Record for his outstanding service protecting victims of malicious scammers.


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