Pre-paid Card Scam

Release Date/Time: 6/6/2014 8:12 PM

Incident: Pre-paid Card Scam

Report #: 12-060319

Date: Friday, 6/6/2014

Time: 4:14 PM


Early this morning the victim received a telephone call from a scammer, a person claiming to be an agent with the Internal Revenue Service. The scammer informed the victim that she had defaulted on IRS payments and that she owed the government money.  Over an 8 hour period, the victim loaded up to $950.00 on 19 separate "Reloadit" pre-paid cards.  Once the money was loaded on each card the victim provided the scammer the serial numbers to each card.  Once that information is provided to the scammer it can be cashed out or transferred to another pre-paid card making it more difficult to trace.  Similar scams have been successful throughout the country.  The phone numbers used today were: 888-235-4072 and 206-708-2849.  Both of these numbers have an internet history of being associated with fraud.  If you receive ANY request by someone that you do not know to use a MoneyPak, Reloadit or any other prepaid card(s) it should be considered a scam.  Contact your local police department if you have any question regarding whether or not the request for money from a stranger is valid.  The loss in today's incident was over $17,000.00.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250