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INDEPENDENCE — On April 25, the security manager at Grayson National Bank reported one of her customers was a victim of a lottery scam.
The victim, who wished to remain anonymous, attempted to cash a check for $4,800 at Grayson National Bank’s main branch, according to a press release from the Grayson Sheriff’s Office. GNB officials, suspicious of the checks validity, called the issuer of the check.
When they discovered the check was a counterfeit, they called the sheriff’s office.
The victim reported that she had already sent the scammers approximately $6,500 over the past few weeks. Investigators tracked the suspects to Kingston, Jamaica — the home of numerous scams of this nature, said Sheriff Richard Vaughan.
The victim received several checks in the mail and was told to use Green Dot in order to pay taxes and fees for her alleged lottery winnings of $2.5 million.
Green Dot Corporation is an issuer of prepaid MasterCard and Visa cards in the United States. These products are available at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and RadioShack stores.
The cards may be used like normal debit or credit cards, but they are not backed by a checking account or line of credit. Purchases are deducted from the balance stored on the card. The user can add more money to the card by paying cash at a retail store’s point of sale, or in certain cases from their paycheck.
In this case, the victim gave scammers the authorization number off the prepaid card and they were able to access the funds available.
Vaughan said anyone with doubts about any questionable winnings or investment opportunities can call the sheriff’s office and request to speak to an investigator.
Vaughan cautioned all citizens to be alert of any scheme that sounds too good to be true.