PERTH AMBOY — City police are warning residents about separate scams involving prepaid cards and an e-mail from GoogleJobs.com.
On Monday, Aug. 26, a victim came into Police Headquarters and reported that he received a call on his cellular phone from a caller ID number 530-235-6505 and 530-567-2511. The victim told police that the voice, which sounded like a man, stated “This is the IRS and you owe $ 8,000.00 dollars. I am going to settle this for you, if you give me $ 500 dollars. Go and purchase a prepaid card and call me back with the pin number. Your confirmation number is 799TVS1299.”
The victim told police that he went to Walgreens on the same day and purchased a prepaid card for $500 and telephoned the suspect with the pin number. The suspect continued to call the victim asking for more money via the prepaid cards.
On Monday, Oct. 28, a victim reported to police he received an e-mail from GoogleJobs.com stating that he would receive a package. In fact he did received a check # 8833734070, dated Oct. 18, 2013, in the amount of $ 1,875 dollars. The victim received two more checks # 8833734121, dated Oct. 20, 2013, in the amount of $ 1,875 dollars and check #8833734122, dated Oct. 20, 2013, in the amount of $1,875 dollars. All checks drawn from the account # 7019019996 of the ” purchaser ” Lenatha Lang, with SunTrust Banks Inc.
The victim stated that he followed the instructions of suspects “Jorden Taylor” and “Moses Williams” to purchase three MoneyGrams for $ 1,600 dollars each to send back to the suspects. The victim stated that he paid $ 96 dollars in fees for the MoneyGrams. The victim was then notified by his bank that the checks were fraudulent.
Legitimate businesses and the government do not operate this way, police warn. Once the scammer gets the numbers from the back of a prepaid card, they can use it to reload the funds onto other prepaid cards such as Green Dot Visa or MasterCard, add money to a PayPal account without using a bank account or make same-day payments to major companies.
Anyone receiving such calls should notify police before sending any money, always check with the agency the caller claims to be from, using a phone number or e-mail address from the agency’s web site or a telephone directory.
Green Dot has a fraud reporting number to contact, (800) GREEN DOT and the company web site, www.greendot.com has information on how to avoid common frauds.
Anyone with questions of concerns may call Perth Amboy Police detective Jessica DeJesus at 732-324-3822.
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