TPD Reminds Citizens to be Vigilant
March 19, 2014
The Tallahassee Police Department is urging consumers to be aware of the below scam, as investigators have received multiple calls regarding this type of "green dot credit card" ruse. Investigators have discovered their are also "copy cat" scams in which the person identifies themselves as a "collector" from the city utilities department, telling the potential victims that if they send money on a green dot credit card immediately their power will not be turned off.
As with the below scam, TPD assures our citizens that ANY representative from the city would never ask you to pay for a bill using a pre-paid credit card. City representatives also will not contact you and demand payment for any of the cities utilities or any other services. Again, never conduct financial business with someone over the phone unless you are positive it is a reputable company.
If you have been contacted in this manner, do not conduct any financial transactions and contact the Tallahassee Police Department immediately at (850) 606-5800.
Previously: TPD Warns Citizens of Phone Scam
The Tallahassee Police Department has received numerous complaints regarding a reoccurring scam in which an unknown person is calling citizens and identifying himself as a Tallahassee Police Officer. He then tells the citizen that they have a warrant for their arrest, but to avoid arrest, they can put money on a reloadable credit card. The green dot credit card is an example of this type card and can be purchased at either a store or on-line.
The Tallahassee Police Department assures all citizens that this is a scam. If you are contacted by this person, do not conduct any financial transactions and contact the Tallahassee Police Department immediately at (850) 606-5800. You should never conduct financial business over the phone or on-line unless you are certain of the businesses origin.
David Northway, TPD Public Information Office, (850) 891-4255
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