Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A Green Dot prepaid debit card scam is making its way through Richmond County, the Sheriff's Office said.
Multiple people have made formal complaints to the Sheriff's Office regarding people requesting money over the phone. The caller makes it seem like s/he is part of a utility company, government agency or a fundraising organization.
The scammer will scare the victim into buying a Green Dot prepaid debit card to ay a bill, make a donation or "pay a fine" in order to not be arrested, the Sheriff's Office said.
Here's some advice from the Sheriff's Office:
HOW TO AVOID BECOMING A VICTIM:
- Always attempt to verify the identity of any individual calling you who claims to represent a business. Do not provide money or personal information to an unsolicited caller whose identity you are not able to verify.
- Always take your time making a decision. Legitimate companies won’t pressure you.
- If you receive a call along the lines described, do not make a payment by purchasing a Green Dot card or other means. Immediately contact the business / organization to report the call and to verify your account status.
- If you received a call along the lines described and you made a payment to the scammer, report that information to a local law enforcement agency. You may also report this information to state or federal agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission.