By Larry Phillips
• Leader & Times
Authorities are warning local residents another scam has shown up in Liberal, and they fear more attempts will be made.
“Once they flare up, it’s usually like a wildfire,” said Seward County Sheriff’s Detective Sarah Cooley.
“The scammers are using the telephone to reach local citizens and then asking various questions to narrow down what city you live in,” Cooley said. “They then say you have won second place in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes – or that you’ve won a Mercedes Benz.”
They then say the victim needs to go and purchase a Green Dot Card in the amount of $399.
“It’s similar to a prepaid credit card,” Cooley explained. “Then you’re supposed to call back that card’s number and (the scammers) call in that number and drain the account, and you never know where it went.
“With a Green Dot Card, it’s untraceable,” she added.
The scammer usually asks about what stores are available locally, and they then say, “The Dollar Store will work” to get the card.
“They also tell the victim, ‘This is what God wants you to do.
“My advice is to tell the caller – the phone solicitor – that you want to verify their company and make sure it’s legit and will check with local authorities first,” Cooley said. “The lady here did that and they hung up.”
She also warned people to be weary of anyone asking you to purchase any prepaid credit cards or gift cards and send them to strangers.
If anybody has been a victim of this scam or any other scam, Cooley said to be sure and call local authorities.