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Police arrest one; alert residents of holiday scammers

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Police believe Spencer Peppers was running a magazine scam in the city. (Source: Southport Police Department) Police believe Spencer Peppers was running a magazine scam in the city. (Source: Southport Police Department)
Police believe the hospitality of Southport's residents makes an easy target for scammers. Police believe the hospitality of Southport's residents makes an easy target for scammers.

SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) – It's the holiday season and that means a lot of people are in the giving spirit. But some of the people asking for your money may have bad intentions.

Police in one part of Brunswick County are warning residents of just that.

Southport police have arrested Spencer Ric'Anthony Peppers, of Las Vegas. He's charged with violating the city's peddle license laws. Police say he was running a magazine scam in the city.

According to reports, officers found Peppers on the corner of E. West Street with documents advertising a free trip if enough magazine subscriptions were sold.

At least one resident gave the group a $59 check, which they later cancelled.

Police say that Peppers represents a group that was already told to leave the area after trying to scam people in Southport last year.

Police Chief Jerry Dove said it's not unlikely to see more scammers around the holidays and the hospitality of Southport's residents makes for an easy target.

"We have an unwritten policy called the Southport good neighbor policy," said Dove. "Our folks here are good citizens and they want to help anybody, anyway they can. And I've found out that, sometimes I'm afraid that those individuals, especially with that criminal mindset will come in and take advantage."

Dove said that people should take extra time to research organizations before donating. Dove also advises to never give out personal information over the phone.

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