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Green Dot Card Scam


The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office along with other law enforcement agencies in Hamilton County have received numerous complaints over the last several weeks from citizens concerning the latest “Green Dot Card Scam.” Victims are being contacted by phone from a male party who identifies himself as a Lieutenant with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. The imposter will tell the victim they have failed to appear in court on a warrant, so to avoid going to jail he will direct them to go to WalMart or Rite Aid and purchase a Green Dot Card for a designated amount of money. The victim is then advised to call the imposter back and provide him with the numbers shown on the card.

The HCSO does NOT follow up on outstanding warrants in this fashion. The standard practice is to contact the person who may have an outstanding warrant and coordinate with them to either turn themselves in at the jail or Detectives assigned to the Fugitive Division will physically apprehend the individual.

If anyone receives a phone call from a person representing themselves as law enforcement and asking the person to obtain a “Green Dot Card” or anyone having knowledge of the identity of those perpetrating this scam, are asked to immediately contact the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at 423-209-8940.

Janice Atkinson
Public Information Officer
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

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