Friday, June 20 2014, 07:06 AM EDT
HCSO Warns of 'Green Dot' Scam
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning about an ongoing scam. Spokesperson Janice Atkinson said the department has received numerous complaints over the last several weeks about the latest “Green Dot Card Scam.”
Victims are by phone from someone who says you have failed to appear in court on a warrant, or failed to appear for jury duty. The scammers tell people to go to WalMart or Rite Aid and purchase a Green Dot Card for a designated amount of money. The victim is then told to call the scammer back and give him the numbers on the card. The scammers are then able to collect the cash value on the green dot card.
Atkinson said Hamilton County officers do not follow up on outstanding warrants by trying to collect money nor threaten someone with arrest if they fail to appear for jury duty. She said the standard practice for outstanding warrants is to contact the person and coordinate with them to either turn themselves in at the jail or detectives will physically apprehend the individual.
The targets of the scam are typically elderly. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office urges families who have elderly members make sure they are aware of the scams going on around our area and advise them to never send money, and immediately contact law enforcement.
Anyone who receives a phone call from a person representing themselves as law enforcement or court official and asking the person to obtain a “Green Dot Card” or anyone having knowledge of the identity of those perpetrating this scam, is asked to immediately contact the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at 423-209-8940.