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Woman conned out of hundreds by scammers

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

A south Georgia woman who fell for a phone scam says she's embarrassed by it but she wants to help protect others.

It seemed like a gift from above when the phone rang and the voice on the other end told a Thomasville woman she had be selected to receive a grant.

"I was just saying God has blessed me, he has blessed me with a way to have my plumbing fixed, to get my utility fixed, my taxes, and everything," said the victim.

After purchasing a green dot card from Rite Aid, the victim who doesn't want us to identify her, sent more than $220 for taxes and fees to a man named Kevin. "He told me I needed to talk to a woman in New York, she puts the money in the account," said the victim.

That woman asked for nearly $500, that's when the victim realized she had been scammed.

"We've not seen a lot of this just 2 cases here in Thomasville, that's why we want to let the citizens know that if they receive these types of calls it's a scam," said Lt. Eric Hampton.

In this case the green dot card scammers called from a 202 and 646 number, but in the other case the scammers used a 817 number and posed as a loan company.

"They were able to get these people back on the phone simply because they we're waiting on them to call back so they could get the money off of the card," said Hampton.

The victim wants to make sure you don't fall for the same scam, "I'm so embarrassed that's why I won't let you take my picture, but I want other people to know what happened, because if it happened to me it can happen to anybody."

You should never purchase a green dot card in exchange for cash, also never disclose personal information over the phone unless you're certain you're speaking with a trusted company, if you feel that you have been a victim of a scam call police.

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