Greensboro (/ˈɡriːnzbʌroʊ/ (listen); formerly Greensborough) is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is the 3rd-most populous city in North Carolina, the 68th-most populous city in the United States, and the county seat and largest city in Guilford County and the surrounding Piedmont Triad metropolitan region. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 269,666, and in 2015 the estimated population was 285,342. Three major interstate highways (Interstate 40, Interstate 85, and Interstate 73) in the Piedmont region of central North Carolina were built to intersect at this city.
In 1808, “Greensborough” (the spelling before 1895) was planned around a central courthouse square to succeed Guilford Court House as the county seat. The county courts were thus placed closer to the geographical center of the county, a location more easily reached at the time by the majority of the county’s citizens, who depended on horse and foot for travel.
The city says at least two unsuspecting renters have been bilked out of money by criminals who were posing as legitimate landlords, promising to rent their available homes and then requesting first month’s rent and security deposits in the form of iTunes cards or Green Dot prepaid debit cards.
The fraudulent ads include real properties that are no longer for rent and/or do not exist: 2311 Norwich Court, 12082 Oak Meadow Drive, 1504 Westfield Road among others. Once the victim sends the requested payment using an iTunes card or another form of prepaid debit card, the suspect/s disappear, and they cannot be reached by phone or email.
“Consumers should realize that no landlord is going to request payment via an iTunes card or other type of gift card,” said Officer David Blanton with the Greensboro Police Department’s Fraud Unit. “The use of these cards makes it almost impossible to trace where the money went.” The following items have been reported stolen from victims.
In 2003, the previous Greensboro – Winston-Salem – High Point metropolitan statistical area (MSA) was re-defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. This region was separated into the Greensboro–High Point MSA and the Winston-Salem MSA. The 2010 population for the Greensboro–High Point MSA was 723,801. The combined statistical area (CSA) of Greensboro–Winston-Salem–High Point, popularly referred to as the Piedmont Triad, had a population of 1,599,477.
Among Greensboro’s many notable attractions, some of the most popular include the Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe water park, the Greensboro Science Center, the International Civil Rights Museum, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Greensboro Symphony, the Greensboro Ballet, Triad Stage, the Wyndham Golf Championship, the headquarters of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Greensboro Coliseum Complex which hosts various sporting events, concerts, and other events, the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the South Atlantic Baseball League, the Carolina Dynamo of the Premier Development Soccer League, the Greensboro Swarm of the NBA G League, the Greensboro Roller Derby, and the National Folk Festival.