Marion County sheriff's office warns of 'Green Dot card scam'

SALEM, Ore. – The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is warning community members about an ongoing scam involving suspects impersonating law enforcement officers.

The sheriff’s office has received many calls about the scam in the last six months, according to Sgt. Chris Baldridge.

In the scam, known as the “Green Dot Card Scam”, someone impersonates an officer and calls people about an impending fine, Baldridge says. The scammer makes arrangements for the victim to pay the fine onto a Green Dot prepaid credit card.

The sheriff’s office offered the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of this popular scam:

  • Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
  • Never give out personal information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.
  • Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers or Green Dot Money-Pak card numbers to someone you do not know.
  • Utility companies and government agencies will not contact you demanding immediate payment by Money-Pak.
  • Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot Money-Pak card has access to the funds on the card.
  • Report any suspicious calls to your local law enforcement agency. 

Read more about scams and how to stop them here.