Created: Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:32:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:40:08 EST
The FBI in Atlanta is warning consumers and store owners about an apparent scam reported nationwide and now in Georgia.
Special Agent in Charge Mark F. Giuliano of the FBI Atlanta Field Office says the scam surfaced in Savannah on Sept. 12.
Ten Savannah retail stores received telephonic bomb threats. In each case, the caller asked to speak to the store manager and demanded that ten Green Dot MoneyPak cards each be activated and loaded with $500 and that the card numbers be read aloud over the phone.
The caller threatened to blow up the stores if the managers did not comply and also threatened the store employees’ homes and families. No manager complied with the demands and no explosive devices were found.
The managers of all of the stores described the caller as a male between 20 to 30 years of age and with a foreign accent.
Investigators said these calls were the same as telephonic threats made to various drug stores and retail outlets nationwide.
One such call placed to a discount department store in Snellville, Georgia was identified as an overseas Voice Over IP (VOIP) telephone number. To date, no explosive devices have been found anywhere in the country linked to this type of threat.
Green Dot MoneyPak cards are reloadable and available at most retail outlets throughout the country and, like money wire transfers, are just as untraceable. These cards are not associated with any bank, meaning that the money is in the card.
Users of Green Dot MoneyPak cards are reminded to never give anyone those numbers associated with those cards in that doing so gives them instant access to the money on those cards.
Anyone with information regarding this type of emerging scam can provide a report or complaint to the FBI at www.IC3.gov.