In one scam, a person poses as a member of the Internal Revenue Service or court system in a threatening phone call saying a warrant has been issued for the person’s arrest.
The caller is instructed to place money on a “Green Dot” prepaid credit card, according to the alert by Kennesaw Police.
Once the money is placed on the prepaid card, the caller is told to read off the 16 digit number.
“Once this happens the money is gone forever,” the alert said. “There is no way of getting these funds back to the victims.”
Another scam is from an individual posing as a member of Georgia Power who is contacting local business during busy hours of the day.
The caller states Georgia Power has not received payment for the power bill, then requests the business to place the money on a “Green Dot” card and provide the card number, the police scam alert said.
Kennesaw Police said the final scam is an individual posing as a member from Publishers Clearing House who says the victim has won several millions of dollars, but in order for them to collect the winnings, the victim must load funds on a “Green Dot” card first to pay taxes.
“None of these places are going to call you over the phone and none of these places are going to ask you to load funds on a “Green Dot” card for payment,” the alert said.
Kennesaw Police asks anyone approached or victimized to call the non-emergency number, (770) 422-2505.