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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Scammers taking advantage of the federal government’s Black Farmers Settlement are targeting the local black community.

Word got out that if you showed up Friday at the Ekklesia United Holy Church on 17th Street near Market, filled out an online form, then had it notarized on site for $20, you could apply to receive part of the proposed $1 billion settlement. The qualifications to apply for the settlement are very strict and only apply to very few black farmers and their families.

Officials tell us the online form is free to download and does not need to be notarized. It’s also illegal to charge more than $5 for a notary stamp in North Carolina. A spokesman for the Black Farmers Claims Administrator, the independent group overseeing the settlement, says what’s going on in Wilmington is “a total scam.”

“Anyone soliciting clients indicating that they can get them into this lawsuit, by paying any amount of money is a scam,” said Greg Francis, who is part of the Black Farmers Lawsuit Council. “There’s no way to pay to be in this lawsuit at this point.”

Francis says they have heard of these scams happening in other places around the country. He says they typically notify the United States Department of Justice.

We went inside the church looking for someone in charge. Everyone we talked with said no was in charge was there. The people taking applications also scooped up their forms and left while we were trying to get answers.

Det. Kevin Smith with the Wilmington Police Department says exchanging $20 for a notary stamp isn’t fraud, because it’s payment for a service. However, he says paying $20 for a worthless piece of paper is definitely a scam.

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2015 years 9 months ago

All this bickering going on…and the main thing is…”Elvis has left the building”.
I suspect these spammers are miles away by now thanks to quick responses by the authorities…”NOT”!
I think the 2 ladies names in question collecting the notary funds were:
1. Mrs. Cleep Hogroy
2. Mrs. Flark Flapazoid
Don’t worry…the authorities have their names and it shouldn’t be too hard to track them down….HA!!!!
Sarcastic you say? Yes…to prove a point of ignorance of all concerned.
As these 2 sail off into the sunset with everyone’s name and bank info…it shall be considered a…”Hard Day’s Work” and nearly caught…but escaped safely because no one had the police there. BINGO!
Regardless of color/religion/etc., there are too many people falling prey these days to these types of situations…whether it be by email or any other method. IMO…this being held in a church was/is a smoke screen to make people believe “All is well” in their place of faith…but there is no faith now. All is well now…for the crooks.
No need to defend people taken for a ride because this took place in a church…a parking lot…or any where else for that matter. The fact remains that people let themselves fall prey to situations such as this when something is labeled “FREE Money”…even though the $20 fee was part of the deal.
The only ones “Free Money” applied to, were the 2 ladies in the video dodging the reporter. I think the applicants know this now.
But are all the facts in on this case? “Probably Not”…after all…this is the news isn’t it?
By the way…whom started the notice these people were having this application event…the church officers…or Joey on the street????

2015 years 9 months ago

Blacks consider it a fact of life????” Don’t you think earning your own living should be considered a fact of life instead?

Watching Wilmington
2015 years 9 months ago

Typical comments that spews from hatred and ignorance.

Once again, you changed my words to take the focus off the truth.
Wilmington whites are a classic example of pure hatred and evil. Reading these posts bring tears to my eyes knowing that some of you are deacons, or elders of a church. Hatred is like a disease. The only way that you can be cured from this evil sickness is to face the fact that you are consumed with this disease.

Once again, my main point is: there is no superior race of people.
There are people in all races who are doing the same things to get by.
The only difference is, some try to hide it, and some don’t.

The end.

2015 years 9 months ago

I’m white and I will be the first to tell you that your post was racist.

Guest CommonTater
2015 years 9 months ago

She will never figure it out….. Statistics are like quicksand to some… they just never see it the whole while it takes them down. **sigh**


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