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Watch Out for "Green Dot Moneypak" Sweepstakes Scam

By July 28, 2011

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KGW.com is warning residents of Oregon to watch out for a new sweepstakes scam that's circulating by telephone.

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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Comments

November 9, 2012 at 11:23 am
(1) donnetta grady says:

it’s so sad we look for a miracle in this day and time. and this green dot money scam can take the little bit of money you do have. It seems as though the law should protect us against scams like this.

February 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm
(2) eric says:

I think I was just scammed in Tennessee. What can I Do?

February 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm
(3) Sandra says:

I’m sorry to hear it, Eric. This article might help: Where to Report Sweepstakes Scams. In your case, I’d probably suggest starting with your local police (at a non-emergency number).

February 21, 2014 at 2:43 pm
(4) Edward Brosnahan says:

i WAS CALLED BY A WOMAN CLAIMING SHE HAD A FEDERAL GRANT FOR $9200
for me and I would need to send $310 via Green dot pay form
to release the money to me via the FRB. I gave them $310
and was told to call the FRB at 646 593 7756 to receive the funds.
. When I called this number I was told they needed $485 transfer fee
and I would be reimbursed with the funds to be wired.
I got another green card and gave John Spencer from the Fed
The Green card number. I was told they would credit my Debit card
that night. I did not see the funds and when I called back
they wanted two green cards for $180 and $500 to pay state tax
before they could send me my funds,
I called FRB and said to call Att Genl.

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