The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has issued another warning regarding a phone scam that is still occurring frequently in our area. Residents are encouraged to review the recent media advisory as well as several important safety tips.
The scam involves a caller advising the potential victim that they owe money to the entity for different reasons, including a warrant for their arrest. Victims are advised to purchase a “green dot” card or other prepayment card from a local retailer and provide the card information to the caller. Using this information, the perpetrator is able to remove the balance from the card, thus defrauding the victim.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office provides the following tips:
- Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
- Remember that anyone who has the number on a “green dot” or other payment card has access to the funds on the card.
- Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.
- Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers or Green Dot Money card numbers to someone you do not know.
- Government agencies will not contact you demanding immediate payment utilizing “green dot” cards or other pre-payment cards.
- Be suspicious of callers who instruct you to wire, transfer, or utilize a voucher system of transferring money from one bank account to another.
Anyone who has fallen victim to this scam is asked to contact their local law enforcement provider on how to report the incident. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office can be contacted at (936)-760-5800.