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BBB Alert: Scams often involve Green Dot cards

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Scammers are finding new ways to get their hands on people's hard earned money. This time, it involved using a prepaid green dot card.

Green Dot cards are reloadable debit cards. Scammers like them because they do not have any protection set up. All they need to do is to convince you to put money on the card.

Victims are convinced one of two ways. Either scammers claim you have won a prize, or claim you owe them money.

"These crooks that call people up and say they've won a million dollars in a sweepstakes, and all you have to do is send me a thousand dollars to claim your prize, or pay the taxes, or they will say that they are the IRS and that you have to pay a tax or we are going to come and arrest you," said Dick Eppstein, President of the Better Business Bureau of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Last Friday, a Van Wert man lost $1,500. He was told he won a Verizon sweepstake, and would need to send $1,500 on a green dot card to claim the prize.

Once the money is sent by giving out the green dot number, there is no getting the money back.

Scammers used to use other cards, like western union and money gram. Those services have started setting up protection against scams.

Eppstein says the BBB is in talks with green dot to enhance their protection, but there is little they can do if anything.

"I don't know if there is anything that they can do. The green dot is a legitimate product," said Eppstein.

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