Myrtle Beach police investigate business scam involving “green dot cards”

08/13/2014 7:45 AM

08/13/2014 7:46 AM

Myrtle Beach police are investigating a scam at a convenience store involving the “green dot cards,” which are often used by people without bank accounts, according to a police report.

Officers were called about 3:20 a.m. Wednesday to the Kangaroo store at 1929 Mr. Joe White Ave., by an employee who said he had been scammed over the phone for $499.86, police said.

Officers learned from the 27-year-old employee that about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday a man called the store and said he was “Bob Smith with corporate” and told the employee to take all the “green dot cards” off the shelf because they were being discontinued, according to the report.

The employee told officers the man told him to write void on two of the cards and scratch the special code on the back and read it to him, according to the report. The employee said the man also had him load $499.86 on the first card and $498.27 on the second card and then disconnected the call.

The employee said later a loss prevention officer called the store and the employee learned it was a scam, according to the report. The loss prevention officer was able to stop one transaction, but the other went through.

The suspect called the store using a phone number from the area code in northern Alabama.

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