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Publisher's Clearing House Scam
Date of News Release: 10/12/2013
(Hazrd, KY) - The Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard is warning citizens about a phone scam targeting elderly area residents in which someone claims to be a representative from Publishers Clearing House. In this scam, the caller tells the victim that before they can claim their prize they must pay a large amount of money toward a "Green Dot MoneyPak" re-loadable debit card.
Green Dot MoneyPak cards, which are sold in stores across the United States, are debit cards normally used to make same-day payments or add money to prepaid cards or PayPal accounts. The Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard warns that operators of scams are using these cards to help them cheat customers in a similar way they have used Western Union wire transfers to defraud people in previous years.
The vast majority of these phone calls originate from Nigeria or Jamaica making it impossible for U.S. law enforcement to track down and prosecute the offenders.
The Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard is reminding citizens to beware of scams. In this instance, remember:
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