By: Charlene Cristobal
August 27, 2014
LIVE OAK, Fla. -- It's a scam, targeting people applying for loans. A company says you've been approved but first, you need to send them money via a green-dot money card.
A victim of this particular scam reached out to us. While she wanted to remain anonymous for the interview, she did want to tell us her story, to make sure no one else becomes a victim like she did.
She says she was drawn in after a company agreed to give her the loan money she had been looking for within 24 hours. But, things took a turn for the worst.
The victim says that they told her, "[I should] insure the loan just in case you may be out of work and you don't have any money, that'll cost $250 for insurance," she said. "So I was like, how do I get the $250 to you, she said go to Walgreens, buy a prepaid visa card, it's not very much about $4.95, and put the $250 on it and then call us back, scratch the strip off the back and give us that number."
Two cards and three days later, the money still wasn't in her account. So, she called police. Live Oak Police Department says that people should be on the look out for scams like these.
"My advice is this: never send money to anyone that you don't know or you've not done business with before," said Police Chief Buddy Williams. "and let the local police department know if someone solicited you for loans or anything else."
The victim says she won't do something like that ever again.
"I was hoping that this was a legitimate loan for someone to get a second chance," she said "And it wasn't."
If you live in the Live Oak area and believe you've been the victim of a scam, call Live Oak Police Department at (386) 362-7463.