Utah authorities warning residents of spike in pre-paid money card phone scams

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SALT LAKE CITY - The Salt Lake City Police Department has a warning for Utah residents.

The department said it has seen a spike in fraudulent scams involving pre-paid money cards; as many as six per day are being reported in Salt Lake City.

In this scam, you could receive a phone call from a criminal posing as an agency you trust.

“They could be the IRS, federal government, local government,” Salt Lake City Det. Dennis McGowan said. “Could be the court system, someone saying you owe money because of a traffic ticket or a warrant or it could be some utility company; anything where you`re going to be in a position to pay for because there`s a debt.”

The caller usually says you owe money and it must be paid with a prepaid money card.

Det. McGowan said the victim is instructed to load cash on a card, like a Money Pak/Green Dot card, to clear a debt.

Once the victim supplies the security code on the card, the suspect withdraws the money remotely and there is no way to get it back.

Officials said the scammers aren’t traceable so they don’t know if the alleged crooks are local or not.

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3 comments

  • Not yours

    I am all for internet privacy, but when it comes to this, I will gladly give up some rights to make this stop. Enough already! From online stalking to online scams! And when there is a legitimate reason for concern, the police department and judicial system will just feed into it more, stating, “get an attorney to track them” ? !@? PLEASE! It’s all about the bottom line and we all know it is $ $ $ $

  • lisa

    Got a call once about unpaid electric bill. Caller claimed I didn’t pay for the last 3 months and said they’d sue me. Too bad for the caller, I was sitting in front if my computer when he called. It didn’t take long for me to pull up reports at http://www.callercenter.com all associating the phone number to this fake utility bill calls. I slammed the phone down and hoped that my message got through to him. I knew what he was.

  • eric

    one time i ended up getting a webpage that said “you have to pay 500$ on a moneypak gift card this is the fbi and we will unlock your web browser when you pay it or we will be at your house”

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