Thursday, January 29, 2015

Green Dot Fraud

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson has issued an alert concerning attempted fraud.

The Sheriff says law enforcement agencies have received numerous calls about “Green Dot” card swindle.

There have been several other scams of this type in Southeast Tennessee and nationwide recently. Complainants report they receive a phone call from a male identifying himself as an officer with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

The caller advises there is an arrest warrant on file for the citizen; however, that citizen could pay a fee to resolve the issue.

The “Scam Officer” directs the citizen to go to a Wal-Mart to purchase a Green Dot money card for a specific amount of money, and then call the “scammers” back at the telephone number provided.

One issue that is more serious is that now the criminals involved in the incidents use actual names of Bradley County officers, while calling from this area’s 423 area code and local pre-fix numbers such as 650, 284, 605, 715, 716 or others.