Bismarck man victim of scamNorth Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is warning consumers about a scam that involves prepaid debit cards.
BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is warning consumers about a scam that involves prepaid debit cards.
Stenehjem said the scam artist tells a victim that he or she has won money but must pay an upfront fee to claim it. The victim is told to buy a Green Dot MoneyPak “reloadable” card, and provide the card code. The scam artist then strips the money from the card.
A reloadable debit card is similar to a normal debit or credit card, but a consumer must prepay a certain amount and can then “reload” the card with more money when the original amount runs out. They’re sold at thousands of stores.
Bismarck police said an 83-year-old man lost $17,500 in a scam that used prepaid cards.