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Reidsville police warn residents of prepaid card scam

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REIDSVILLE, N.C. — Reidsville police officers are warning residents of a new scam that involves prepaid cards.

Officials say a Reidsville resident recently received a call from someone posing as a lawyer who informed the resident that their grandson had been in an accident and charged with DWI.

The “lawyer” told the resident that he could make the charge go away if they would send $4,000. The caller then advised the resident to buy a prepaid Green Dot card and call him back with the pin number.

Once the victim called back with the pin number, the caller demanded more money. The victim then realized it was a scam, but it was too late. Officials say the caller had already loaded the funds onto another card and made purchases.

None of the money was recovered.

Officials say residents should never give out personal information to just anyone who calls. Before providing information, research the company or call the police.

You can go on www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts for all of the most recent scams and even sign up for alerts when a new one is discovered.

1 Comment

  • FaithC

    I don’t even know what a “Green Dot” card is, but this person knew what it was, knew where to get it, had the $4,000 to do so and did not have enough sense to call their son or daughter to see if their grandson had really been in an accident?
    I will assume this was an elderly person. I had to have a long talk and explain to my MIL why she should never give out any information. Everyone needs to have the same talk with their elderly parents or grandparents. There are so many people who are nothing but scum.

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