AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - Scammers are now targeting Aiken residents with the Green Dot MoneyPak card scam, officials said.
The scammers call and say that they're local law enforcement officials, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety and Aiken County Sheriff's Office. They inform the victims that they have missed jury duty or have outstanding fines.
The callers then tell the victims there is a warrant for their arrest, but that they can avoid jail if they buy a Green Dot MoneyPak card - a prepaid debit card - to pay the fine.
Law enforcement officials said the victims are given a phone number to call once they have obtained the card. They are then asked to provide the PIN for the card.
Officials say residents should never pay fines over the phone with a card. Legitimate fines and fees should be paid in person or mailed directly to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
They suggest contacting the agency supposedly issuing the fine directly if you're in doubt about the legitimacy.
Aiken officials offer these tips to help residents avoid being a victim of the scam:
- Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
- Never give out personal information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.
- Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers or Green Dot MoneyPak card numbers to someone you do not know.
- Law enforcement agencies, utility companies and government agencies will not contact you demanding immediate payment by MoneyPak.
- Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot MoneyPak card has access to the funds on the card.
- If you receive a call of this nature contact your local law enforcement agency. The Aiken Department of Public Safety can be reached at 803-642-7620. The Aiken County Sheriff's Office can be reached at 803-648-6811.