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05/22/2013

Prepaid Credit Card Scam

A prepaid credit card scam has been reported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.  The callers seem to be targeting elderly persons, but may be making random calls as well.  The caller informs the person answering that he or she has won some type of prize, such as a Publisher’s Clearing House prize.  The person is then told they will receive their money on a Green Dot prepaid credit card.  However, the “prize winner” is told that they have to activate a card and put $450.00 on the card, then call a number back and give them the card number and pin number.  They are told that the winnings will then be placed on their card.  An officer was able to speak with one of these callers and when confronted with the facts, the caller became angry, cursed the officer and hung up.

 The above information is just one example of this type of scam that is occurring.  Callers may use any number of prepaid or gift card brand names as well as other prizes.  Please make any family and friends aware that this type of scam is occurring in our area and provide them with the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of such a scam. 

 Tips Regarding Phone Scams:

 

  • You should never have to pay for a “free prize”.  If money is being requested, hang up.
  • Never give out any personal information such as date of birth, social security number, bank account or credit/debit card numbers or pin numbers. 
  • A legitimate business, charity, or organization will not ask you for personal information over the phone. 
  • Always ask for information to be sent to you in writing before donating to any type of charity or organization.  Legitimate ones will be glad to do so.
  • Remember that something that sounds too good to be true usually is.  If you are unsure about any call of this type, simply tell the person, “I’m sorry, I’m not interested,” and hang up.
 
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