|Green Dot money scammer targets Hugo resident|
|Thursday, 02 May 2013 00:00|
Green Dot reloadable debit cards are the latest weapon for crooks working a well-known type of scam.
The con itself is a type of advance payment scam in which victims are told they have won money or owed money, with a request that they wire part of the payment back to cover some mythical fees.
One such victim called the Hugo Daily News Wednesday, wishing to inform the public of the scam.
The victim stated she had received a call from the following number, 876.410.5183, and was told she had won money from Publisher’s Clearing House. She was instructed to purchase a Green Dot money card, load $250 onto the card, and call back with the card number before she received her winnings.
Green Dot MoneyPak cards are available in 50,000 locations, and can be used to pay phone, cable or credit card bills. They’re typically purchased by people who don’t have, or want, a bank account. Scammers like them because they’re more convenient than a money wire, but just as untraceable.
Hugo Police Department’s Lt. Investigator, Steve Babcock instructs Hugo citizens receiving similar calls to inform the police department. Call 580.326.2550 to report such scams.