Talking to the People Behind a Possible Scam

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Another near victim of a Green Dot card scam, walked into WHSV's studio on Friday to tell his story, in hopes that you won't be a victim.

Walter Moore received a call on Thursday telling him that he was eligible for a $10,000 grant from the United States government, but only if he purchased a Green Dot card for $310.

As soon as he got the call, he wanted to tell WHSV, "I've heard about many different scams, and several of them from WHSV, and I thought since you look out for the welfare of the people, this would be an additional thing to tell people about."

This is not the first time WHSV has reported on a Green Dot card scam. In June, the Furlow family lost hundreds of dollars to a scam.

"I was thinking $9,000. That would help my family and help pay for my daughter's college. Help get my car out of the shop. Help us find a place to live. and now I have none of it," said Joann Furlow, during a June interview.

After so many calls and letters, I decided to call the number that called Moore myself to see if I could learn more.

"Thanks for calling the government grants program, how can I help you?" is how the call was answered.

Right away I told them I was a reporter and the first person I talked with answered a few questions for me, but then transferred my call.

The second person I spoke with, Michael, provided me with the general details about the money, but as soon as I asked him where the money was coming from. His response, "United States Government Grants program. From the government, okay?"

When I followed up by asking how can people be sure that they're going to receive the money, all I heard was a dial tone.

The government grants website states that they do not require payment of any kind for you to receive federal grants.

Moore also said they the caller told him he could give them his bank account number or his credit card number to receive the money.

In response to these types of scams, Green Dot spokesman Brian Ruby said that if someone like these callers gets your money, Green Dot is not responsible to pay you back.


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