By Mike Miller, WJBF Weekend Anchor and Investigative Reporter - email
Augusta, GA -
Green Dot MoneyPak cards are becoming popular these days, but they are also becoming popular for scammers.
"Seven to ten years ago, maybe a little longer, it was counterfeit checks from overseas. That was the thing. But now it's this Green Dot Card scam that's going on," Richmond County Sgt. Shane McDaniel said.
News Channel 6 has told you about these scams in the past, but now you can add another one to the list. McDaniel says an Augusta man was conned out of $426 after he received a phone call from someone claiming to work for the Sheriff's Office. The caller identified himself as Lt. Anthony Johnson and told the victim there was a warrant out for his arrest.
"And in order for the Sheriff's Office to not come pick him up and arrest him on that warrant, they asked him to pay a fine. Go get a certain amount of money and put it on a Green Dot card, come back and give him the numbers for the card and the warrant would be lifted," McDaniel said.
The victim said the money disappeared from the Green Dot MoneyPak Card and that when he tried to get in back in touch with Lt. Anthony Johnson, Richmond County investigators gave him the bad news that there is no Lt. Anthony Johnson that works for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
In fact, McDaniel says the Sheriff's Office never calls people asking for money. So if you receive a suspicious phone call, McDaniel says you should just avoid giving personal information out over the phone.
"Nobody is going to call you, be it the Sheriff's Office, be it a debt collector, a credit card company, Visa, Mastercard, Capital One... They are not going to call you and ask you for your personal information," McDaniel said.