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Police warn against Green Dot money scam

The scam may sound familiar to you, but the method of money snatching has changed.

Detectives say scammers are using a new way to take your money, switching from the old Western Union transfer to a Green Dot prepaid card. The card can be bought at many gas stations, grocery stores and pharmacies. It's a prepaid card that can be re-loaded. They say anyone can deposit and withdraw money from it as long as they have its identification number.

"The suspects are taking advantage usually of elderly people and convincing them that they are winning the lottery. They are winning a brand new Mercedes and they're gonna deliver that Mercedes, but what they need to do first is to go specifically go to a store and purchase this certain amount of Green Dot money card and then give them that number," says Lexington Police Sergeant Jody Stowers.

Once victims load money onto the Green Dot card, police say anyone with the identification number can steal the funds. If those funds go out of the country, they can no longer track them.


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