According to the article, victims are told that they've won a sweepstakes, but to receive their prize they have to purchase a pre-paid credit card (to cover "taxes and fees") and give the number to the con artists, who then use the pre-paid credit card for their own purposes.
This is a good reminder that you never have to pay to receive a legitimate sweepstakes prize. For more tips about avoiding scams like this, see Top Warning Signs of Sweepstakes Scams.
EDIT: My original post said that the scammers were using the Kroger's grocery name, but this is not the case.
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