The elderly Milford victim received a phone call from an unknown male informing her that she won $15 million dollars and two cars in a sweepstakes.
The caller told her she would need to pay money prior to having the prizes released to her and instructed her to purchase Money Pak cards to accomplish this.
The victim followed the instructions, purchasing several Money Pak cards over a three day period and provided the Money Pak transaction number from the back of each card to the caller.
A family member became aware of the scam and contacted the police department. In addition, the relative discontinued the phone service and contacted Money Pak Fraud Services regarding these activities.
The calls were made from phone numbers beginning with area codes of (876) and (702).
Police continue to provide informational presentations and literature to educate citizens on how to avoid being victimized by fraudsters. Please review the following suggestions:
- Do not respond to phone calls, letters or emails that claim you have won a lottery or sweepstakes.
- Do not provide personal and/or financial information to people you do not know.
- Never provide your Money Pak number to someone you do not know.
- Refuse any offer that asks you to buy a Money Pak card and share the number by email or phone.
- Do not use Money Pak or electronic wiring services to pay “taxes or fees” to claim winnings for foreign lottery or prize promotions
Report these activities to your local police department and the fraud division of the company the fraudster recommends you use for the transaction.
Anyone with questions regarding Green Dot - Money Pak can visit their website at www.moneypck.com