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Elderly man reports phone scam using Green Dot funds

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MEDINA TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) -

An elderly Medina Township resident recently told police he was the victim of a Green Dot scam.

According to police, a male caller identified himself as the victim's college-aged grandson and said that he'd been arrested and needed help with posting bond immediately.

The caller even went as far as to pretend to hand the phone off to an alleged law enforcement official, who then instructed the resident to go to Wal-mart, CVS or Rite Aid to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak card.

Once the card was purchased the victim was instructed to scratch off and reveal the numbers on the back of the card, call the "law enforcement official" back and provide them the numbers.

Medina Township Police warn that the use of this scam increases in the spring with college students traveling for spring break.

More and more con men are using multiple versions of this scam involving Green Dot MoneyPak cards to target consumers nationwide.

Officers say the callers will use fear and intimidation to convince the victims to purchase the cards.

Most times the scam artists may have detailed information that may seem legitimate.

Green Dot MoneyPak cards are legitimate products and are sold at local drug stores and many major retailers.

Most consumers purchase them as a convenient way to pay bills online, make purchases via the Internet and reload money onto prepaid cards.

MoneyPak cards can only be purchased with cash; therefore consumers never need to disclose their personal or financial information.

Scammers like them because they are more convenient than wiring money, but just as untraceable.

Once the scammer obtains the numbers on the back of the card, they gain access to the funds immediately.

If you receive a call requesting immediate payment using a Green Dot MoneyPak hang up and contact your local police department.

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