LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - As more tellers at Western Union and Money Gram windows help consumers avoid losing money to scams... the scam artists have found a way to cut out the middle man.Green-Dot Money Pak cards have become the tool of choice. For Little Rock police, there is little they can do except take a report and offer a few words of comfort to two women who have lost thousands to Green-Dot card scams last week.The first scam targeted a 73 year-old woman and cost her $4,400.00.She was told by a caller that she was a Publishers Clearing House winner and would be receiving a new car and $2,000,000.00 after she purchased four $1,000.00 and four $100.00 Green Dot cards.After she did and shared the access code on the cards, the scammer told her he needed $6,200.00 more. The other scam targeted a 65 year-old woman and cost her $1,500.00.She was told by a caller that she owes money to the IRS...which, in this case, was true. She was told to buy three Green Dot Money Pak cards with $500.00 on each or the IRS would put her in jail. After she did and shared the access code on the cards, the scammer asked for a bigger payment of $3,000.00.On Wednesday the Arkansas Attorney General's office will issue a consumer alert about such scams."Beware of situations where they are requested to go get one of these cards and load it with money and then send the information on the card to someone that they don't know personally," advises Assistant Attorney General Jim DePriest.Thanks to concern shown by a bank teller and a grocery store clerk the two victims did not lose even more money to these scams. Air date: July 22nd, 2014
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