Newark police is warning the public of a scam involving the
purchase of a Green Dot prepaid debit card often associated with collecting
winnings from a contest.
The scammer tells victims they have won a lottery or sweepstakes,
The caller then tells victims that they need to make a payment
associated with taxes or other fees before collecting the winnings, according
Victims are then given instructions to purchase a Green Dot
prepaid debit card and provide the card's 14-digit security code to the
caller over the phone, police said.
With the code the scammer can easily withdraw money from the card,
according to police.
The cards can be found at local convenience stores, pharmacies and
major retailers, police said.
Police advise people to use the Green Dot card for accounts they
have control over and to never give the card's information to another party.
The public is also advised to refuse requests of callers asking
them to purchase a Green Dot card with the intent of paying fees to redeem a
prize, police said.