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Wilmington bakery among business targeted in TTY scam

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington bakery was targeted in a statewide phone scam. Hot Pink Cake Stand on Front Street reported receiving several phone calls Wednesday from a TTY operator.

TTY is a service used to aid hearing impaired people when using the phone.

According to employees, the caller claimed to be a regular customer, whose car broke down near the store and needed money to pay a mechanic. He asked for $23.

Employee Jenny Hilton said the caller was repetitive, and she knew something wasn't right.

"I was just frustrated at that point," Hilton said. "I was like, 'Dude, what is going on here?' It just seemed so random and completely unbelievable. I was like, what is happening? So, it's just sort of frustrating."

The Attorney General's office says there have been similar TTY scams targeting small businesses and restaurants in Raleigh.

If your business has been a victim of a telemarketing scam, you can file a complaint with the NC Department of Justice by calling (877) 5-NO-SCAM or online at http://www.ncdoj.com.

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they didnt lose anything

this business didnt lose anything so why do you keep so close of an eye on them ,they are not the only business downtown give some of them some free advertisement that's all you are doing is trying to keep this place in the public ,other business pay for advertisement,who ownes this place

What is the deal

Who owns this bakery it has to be someone important cause that is the only bakery around the Wilmington area that ya'll seem so focused on you did the grand opening thing you went back for a follow up everytime you turn around yall are talking about this place so it has to be someone yall think is important,well I dont think it is right to all the other owners of bakerys or any business to have to pay and ya'll can't keep this place out of your news it kinda turns me to WECT seems to be the only business around downtown I am tired of the pink bakery.

anybody heard of the Scam detector app?

there are tons of telephone scams like thatgoing around. Apparently, Apple released an iPhone app a few days ago called Scam Detector. According to them, it exposes over 350 of the most notorious scams in the world. It might be worth checking it out, if you have an iPhone...I don't have one yet, but I would like to know more about it.