Some Phone Calls You Just Shouldn't Answer

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- A neighbor in the Valley wants to alert others about a scam.

This scam usually starts with a phone call saying you won the lottery and asking you to put money in a card.

David Kerns still has a number in his phone log that he hopes to never hear from again, "He was pretty insistent that I was going to let $3.5 million run through my fingers."

Kerns said someone called his cell phone claiming he won the lottery after his phone company entered him in a drawing, "I was skeptical to begin with," and even more when the caller asked him to first put $300 on a prepaid card called "Green Dot Money Pack."

"My question was why do I need to put $300 down if I'm getting $3.5 million dollars back," said Kerns.

The caller said he needed the numbers in the back of the card to put it on a check.

"It's just a scam. People need to worry about this," said Kerns.

Scams are one of the things the Better Business Bureau worries about.

Better Business Bureau's Central Virginia President Tom Gallagher said this type of scam is very common, "They tell the victim that they won a lot of money, but to be able to get the money, they are going to have to prepay either taxes or a finder's fee."

Kerns did not fall for the scam and confirmed with his phone carrier it was a ripoff.

Gallagher said not everybody figures it out in time, "You become vulnerable and the con man or the con woman knows how to exploit that and knows how to get that out of you."

The Better Business Bureau said this Green Dot Money pack scam is similar to one reported last year, but it asked the person for more money.

Kern's phone company, Verizon, said it never gives out phone numbers to third-parties.

The Better Business Bureau advises to not engage with people if they call and always report scams to the organization affected or local police.


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