Scam alert | Money cards used against victims

MEDINA TOWNSHIP -- Authorities are warning of a scam that recently surfaced involving Green Dot MoneyPak cards.

The Medina Township Police Department says they were alerted after a targeted victim reported the situation.

The victim was called by somebody claiming to be their college-aged grandchild saying they have been arrested and needed bond money sent immediately. The caller then handed the phone to a "law enforcement official" who instructed the victim to buy a Green Dot MoneyPak card from a store like Wal-Mart or CVS. Once purchased, the victim was then asked to call the phony "law enforcement official" and give them the numbers revealed after scratching off the back of the card.

Once the scammer has the numbers from the back of the card, they can drain all the funds from it immediately.

Authorities say this is an increasing scam popping up nationwide. Authorities say the callers will use fear and intimidation to convince the victims to purchase cards.

Green Dot MoneyPak cards are legitimate products when used for the right purposes. Sold at local drug stores and some major retailers, they offer a way to pay bills online or make Web purchases.

MoneyPak cards can only be purchased with cash.

Scammers like these cards because they are more convenient than wiring money and are untraceable.

If you receive a call requesting immediate payment using a Green Dot MoneyPak, authorities say you should hang up the phone immediately and contact your local police department.


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