Residents Told To Be Wary Of 'Green Dot Phone Scam'

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Nassau County police are warning residents to beware of telephone scams.

In some cases, police said scammers claiming to be federal or utility company employees call individuals and tell them that they owe money for unpaid taxes or bills.

“These victims are told that they can avoid arrest, foreclosure or suspension, termination of services if they make payments to the caller using Green Dot cards or Western Union,” said Officer James Imperiale.

In other instances, a caller — who may claim to be a law enforcement officer — says a family member has been kidnapped, held hostage, or involved in an accident and needs money, police said.

The caller may also say that an individual has missed jury duty and must send money to avoid being arrested, police said.

In each case, the victim is told to send money using Western Union or Green Dot cards and police said this should be a clue that the call is probably a scam.

Residents who believe they may have been a victimized are asked to call 911 immediately.

Anyone with information about the telephone scams are asked to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477). All calls remain anonymous.

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