SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department is warning residents about a scam involving Green Dot prepaid debit cards. Sergeant Rudy Camarena indicated in a press release to Canyon News that three recent cases have taken place involving victims receiving a phone call from a person claiming to be a law enforcement agent.
The perpetrator informs the victim that (s)/he has an outstanding warrant for a red light or traffic related violation that will result in an immediate arrest unless they take care of payment over the phone. The scammer demands for the victim to get a Green Dot prepaid debit card in the amount of $1,500 to use the card as a form of payment.
Sgt. Camarena informed Canyon News that authorities are only aware of three reported incidents. He indicated no additional information on suspect(s) is known at the moment. â€œThere has been reports of similar incidents/scams in other states ( Washington being one of them),â€ said Camarena.
The SMPD wants to inform residents that members of law enforcement agencies will not call asking for money to clear a warrant. Anyone who receives a warrant payment call or any similar call under suspicious circumstances asking for payment should contact the SMPD non-emergency number at (310) 458-8491.