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June 11, 2014 - June 17, 2014

Tip of the Week:

THE GREEN DOT MONEY CARD

 

This is a sad but true event that occurred in Arizona, involving a Green Dot Money Pak card that is sold throughout the country. Financial pressures and other matters can cause people to find a quick source of money, and use the Green Dot card as a quick way to pay a fee to expedite their quick loan. The “client” is instructed by the “loaning company” to use a particular card to make their initial fee.

Scams of all kinds have historically involved the victim wiring cash to a stranger, but now that many consumers have gotten wise to this fact, scammers have found a new way for them to pay them.

They're called Green Dot Money Pak cards. They're reloadable debit cards, available everywhere, and you can use them to pay your phone, cable, or credit card bill. They're typically for people who don't have, or want, bank accounts.

Scammers like them because they're more convenient than a money wire, but just as untraceable.

"My fear was that I was going to lose my job, and my home, and my car," Dean DeVirgilio said.

Even with his autism, DeVirgilio still tends to all his own affairs. Recently, he got a call from a debt collector who claimed DeVirgilio owed $1,300 on an old payday loan. The caller said, "pay it, or else."

"Threatened to send the sheriff to my workplace, send a warrant for my arrest, and have me in jail for three years for fraud," DeVirgilio said.

Federal law prohibits debt collectors from using intimidation, threats and harassment, and no one can be jailed over a debt. DeVirgilio should have realized then he was dealing with a scam artist and the debt wasn't real. Instead, he sent the scammer the money.

"I feel I'm never going to get that all back, that's hurting me right now financially," DeVirgilio said.

How the phone caller demanded payment is a growing trend. Dean was instructed to go to Wal-Mart, load a Green Dot Money Pak card with the cash, then scratch off the back and call with the number.

"I read off the number, he wrote the number down, and he collected that payment’, “and you had nothing left on the card after that?' Nothing left on the card after that," DeVirgilio said.

Green Dot MoneyPak cards are not linked to bank accounts - the money is on the card. Anyone you share your card number with, have instant access to your cash and can siphon the card dry.

"He stole every cent of my money," DeVirgilio said.

The Green Dot website warns customers about possible scams and reminds them to never give their card number to people they don't know. DeVirgilio hopes others will learn from his mistake.

"Do not give those people the number off the card," DeVirgilio said.

Even though Green Dot Money Pak cards are available in many locations, and scammers could send their victims anyplace, they tend to push them to Wal-Mart. They want you to go to a place you know and trust so you feel comfortable buying the card.

Green Dot Money Pak cards serve a purpose for some people. The cards aren't the problem, so remember if you use them, and never share your number with a stranger.

The Green Dot Money Pak card is not the “bad guy”.  It is the scammer that uses it to cheat the person out of their money quickly and efficiently and in a way that is untraceable. The user must be certain that the card numbers are not given out to others that can cheat you of your money. Each user has a different reason to use this card.

Weekly Crime Report:

ASSAULT-SALEM RUN TOWNHOUSES

11900 block of Anson Court, on June 16, 2014, between 11:00PM and 11:50PM, the victim was walking home from the store when a male approached and grabbed a bag from the victim and demanded money. The victim grabbed the bag away from the suspect and the suspect struck the victim on the face then ran away. The suspect is a black male, about 5’10”, 180 lbs., wearing black shorts, white t-shirt, had long hair, about shoulder length and a hat.  CFS 14-058656


BREAKING AND ENTERING NIGHTTIME-WINTERS LANDING/SUMMERS LANDING

9100 block of Wood Ibis Court, on June 12, 2014, between 3:30AM and 3:41AM, someone entered the residence through a garage door and entered the kitchen. The victim saw the suspect then suspect ran out through the kitchen door and out through the garage door. Nothing was missing.  CFS 14-057003


BREAKING AND ENTERING NIGHTTIME-KINGS CREST

11500 block Kings Crest Court, on June 12, 2014, between 9:26AM and 11:30AM, a male entered the building and broke into a locked key box containing master keys for law enforcement and fire department to use in the event of an emergency.  The male went into a room and stole a black Sentry safe. It is valued at $119.31. The suspect is a white male wearing a white hat and shirt, blue jeans, and white shoes.  CFS 14-057074


BREAKING AND ENTERING DAYTIME

6700 block of Hickory Ridge Road, on June 11, 2014 between 10:00AM and 1:00PM, someone entered the residence and stole three jars containing an assortment of coins totaling $200.00. No suspects.  CFS 14-057277


BREAKING AND ENTERING NIGHTTIME

M&M auto, 408 Hudgins Road, on June 17, 2014, between 2:20AM and 2:35AM, Three persons broke into the building and stole three Cadillac’s from the property. They are described as a silver 2010 Cadillac SRX four door, valued at $21,900.00, a white 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid four door, valued at $37,900.00, and a 2012 White Cadillac 4 doors CTS, valued at $19,000.000. One Dealer license plate, ID 23772, was also taken.  CFS 14-058731


BREAKING AND ENTERING-FAWN LAKE

11000 block of Beverly Ford Court, between June 16, 4:00PM, and June 17, 2014, 2:00AM, someone broke into the residence and stole a black Bam purse and wallet containing $115.00, 3 gift cards, a Green card, and personal identification. According to the victim, the doors are usually left unlocked. No suspect.  CFS 14-058998


BREAKING AND ENTERING RESIDENCE NIGHTTIME-FAWN LAKE

11200 block of Chivalry Chase Lane, between June 16, 10:19PM and June 17,2014, at 12:40AM, the victim found a black male inside of the garage and was going through the inside of the victims  vehicle. When the victim approached, the suspect ran out. Missing is a Garmin GPS valued at $100.00. Suspect is described as a black male, 6’00”, thin build, dread locks or corn rows.  CFS 14-058649


GRAND LARCENY FROM A BUILDING

Doctor’s on Sight, 5426 Jefferson Davis Highway, on June 13, 2014, between 11:16AM and 12:32PM, a male walked around the store, then went to the Gucci display case, opened it, and took 9 pairs of  Gucci eye glasses, valued at $3,600.00, then walked out of the building and boarded a light blue Cadillac driven by a black female. Suspect is a black male, 165 to 170 lbs., 6’0”, brown eyes and black hair, medium complexion, and medium build.  CFS 14-05745


GRAND LARCENY FROM A BUILDING-COMMERCE CROSSING

Steak and Shake, 4830 Crossings Court, between June 14, 10:37AM and June 15, 2014, at 11:59PM, someone stole the victim’s IPhone 5C, yellow, and valued at $699.00, while attending a party at a residence on Heartland Way. No suspects.  CFS 14-058175


GRAND LARCENY FROM A BUILDING

Spotsylvania Towne Centre, 3102 Plank Road, on June 16, 2014 between 7:53PM and 7:54PM, three females were at the victims’ kiosk and looking at items. Two of the females distracted the owner to one end while the other female distracted the other employee to the other end of the kiosk. The other suspect female stayed in front of the register area and took the IPad mini 32GB’s that was near the register. The three females regrouped and left without buying anything. They described them as two were older and one was younger. Value of the IPad is $325.00.  CFS 14-058987


GRAND LARCENY OF A TRAILER

13400 block of Post Oak Road, on June 11, 2014, between 2:47PM and 3:50PM, someone entered the property and stole a black 2001 Curahee trailer, valued at $1,200.00. In the trailer were five black 14” rims, valued at $50.00. No suspects.  CFS 14-056852


GRAND LARCENY FROM AN AUTOMOBILE

9900 block of Hayden Road, on June 13, 2014 between 11:30AM and 12:30PM, someone stole three vials, containing 28 Methadone tabs, one containing 28 Hydromorphine Delaudid tabs, and 1 containing 30 Xanax tabs, valued at $5,500.00.  The victim has a suspect.  CFS 14-057727


GRAND LARCENY FROM AN AUTOMOBILE-FAWN LAKE~SECTION 13

1800 block of Sumner Glen Drive, between June 16, 7:30PM and June 17, 2014, 1:00AM, someone stole the victims 9 mm Sig Sauer handgun, model P290, from the victims’ motorcycle. The handgun is valued at $849.00.  The victim described a possible suspect.  CFS 14-058960


GRAND LARCENY OTHER

On June 15, 2014 between 4:00PM and 5:50PM, the two victims were at the Loriella swimming pool, and left their wallets and towels together. The victim saw one of the three males moving a towel where the wallets were.  When they left the pool, they noticed that $800.00 missing from one wallet, and $40.00 missing from the other victim’s wallet. A witness saw one of the males and will attempt to identify him.  CFS 14-058275


PETIT LARCENY SHOPLIFT

Fas Mart, 9815 Courthouse Road, on June 13, 2014, at 6:18PM, the suspect pulled to a fuel pump and put $35.74 worth of diesel fuel, then drove away without paying. The vehicle is a full size silver diesel pickup, and the suspect is white male, between 50 and 70 years of age, 5’8” to 6’0”, and gray hair.  CFS 14-057633


PETIT LARCENY SHOPLIFT

ABC Store, 5055 Jefferson Davis Highway, on June 13, 2014 between 7:30PM and 7:37PM,  two females entered the store, and one of them went to the  Bacardi aisle and took a bottle of Bacardi Lemon, valued at $5.95, and one bottle of Burnett Gin, valued at $5.25, then left the store and the other female followed. The female that stole the bottles is described as dark skin, thin, medium build, wearing a blue top, and torn jeans. The other is light skin, heavy set, black dress.  CFS 14-057670


PETIT LARCENY SHOPLIFT

7-11 Stores, 10740 Tidewater Trail, on June 12, 2014, between 4:50PM and 4:55PM, a black male stole a Dallas Cowboys sticker put it in a pocket and then left the store.  He drove away in a black Mazda with Virginia license plates.  He is black, 20’s, about 5’10”, 160 lbs., wearing jeans, a white tank top and a dark hat. The sticker is valued at $ 4.50.  14-057615


PETIT LARCENY FROM AUTOMOBILE-MEADOWS

10400 block of Hillside Lane, June 12, 2014, between 8:00PM and 11:43PM, someone entered the unlocked vehicle and stole a jar containing $15.00 in assorted coins.  The victim has a suspect.  CFS 14-057329


PETIT LARCENY OTHER

4900 block of Lewiston Road, between June 14, 11:30PM and June 15, 2014, 12:30AM, a witness saw two males siphoning approximately 25 gallons of fuel from the victim’s 2001 Carolina skiff. The witness walked towards the area and saw a maroon Ford Ranger drive away. One of the suspects is a white male, and the others’ race is unknown. Approximate value of the fuel is $87.50.  CFS 14-058278


FRAUD

100 block of Three Cedars Lane, on June 12, 2014, and 7:38AM, the victim reported receiving a text message stating that the victim owed $600.00 and would be arrested if payment was not made, or if the victim did not return a call. The name on the message is Captain Mark White, Federal Crime Enforcement Network. An attempt to contact the captain was made, however, a recorded message asked the caller to leave a message, but the mail box was full. The victim believes it is a scam.  CFS 14-057042


FRAUD-VILLAGES OF SALEM STATION

11100 block of Elwyn Court, on June 13, 2014, between 6:02PM and 6:54PM, someone used the victims BB&T account to charge two items valued at $57.99 and $62.63. No suspects.  CFS 14-057624


FRAUD-LEE’S HILL~GRANDSTAFF WOODS

4400 block of Murven Park Lane, on June 12, 2014, 9:52AM and 11:14AM, someone called the victim and identified himself or herself, as a family member that was in legal trouble and needed $2,500.00 to retain an attorney, and then explained on how to obtain a Green Dot card. The victim complied.  CFS 14-057213


FRAUD-SHERATON HILLS EAST

11700 block of Kennedy Lane, on June 17, 2014, between 2:48PM and 3:34PM, someone stole the victims’ $156.00 Greenback Money Pack card by someone posing as a loan officer. The victim was applying for a loan and was told that was told that the loan was to be made, however the victim had to pay the insurance for the loan on a Green Back Money Pack card, than the loan money would be deposited to the victims account.  CFS 14-058860


THROW MISSILE AT A DWELLING-SALEM RUN

5700 block of Halifax Court, on June 12, 2014, between 9:34AM and 10:01AM, someone threw a beer bottle at the victims’ residence and then it landed in the yard. This is the third time that bottles have been thrown at the residence.  The victim suspects someone that lives in the apartment building, near the residence.  CFS 14-057075


VANDALISM-ENCHANTED WOODS

6900 block of Runnymede Trail, on June 12, 2014, between 6:10PM and 7:21PM, someone caused some scratches on the right side of the  victims black 2007 Honda Pilot. The scratches were not done with a key, and are more consistent to a rubbing. Damage is $300.00. No suspect.  CFS 14-057273


VANDALISM

McDonalds, 5420 Jefferson Davis Highway, on June 15, 2014 between 3:00AM and 4:00AM, the victim reported that someone entered the unlocked black 1992 Nissan Maxima, and stole pair of white Nikes Jordan brand shoes, valued at $160.00, and a black Northface bag valued at $30.00.  The victim said the theft occurred at an unknown address on Camptown Road. No suspects.  CFS 14-058262


VANDALISM

Venus Nail Spa, 9737 Jefferson Davis Highway, between June 14, 8:00PM, and June 15, 2014, 7:00PM, someone scratched the front passenger door, approximately 3 feet long, on the Honda Civic. Damage is estimated at $200.00. The victim has a suspect.  CFS 14-058294


VANDALISM

Chancellor Middle School, 6320 Harrison Road, on June 16, 2014, 7:34AM, and 8:18PM, three unknown persons damaged 12 school windows. One window was broken out and 11 were damaged.  The video shows three subjects. One of the suspects was interviewed by the investigating deputy and the investigation continues.  CFS 14-058389


VANDALISM-LEE’S HILL~DUNBARTON VILLAGE

4100 block of Mossy Bank Lane, on June 16, 2014, between 8:11AM and 8:42AM, someone made a 14 inches, long scratch on the left rear door, and a similar scratch on the right rear passenger door, and some scratches to the on the roof.  The vehicle is a blue 2012 Nissan 4 door hardtop. Damage is estimated at $250.00. No suspects.  CFS 14-058399


VANDALISM-KILBURN CROSSING

11700 Ravensclaw Lane, between June 15, 8:00PM, and June 16, 2014, 4:30AM, someone punctured two left side tires on the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta.  Value of the two tires is $300.00. The victim stated that this is the fourth time that the tires have been damaged. She suspects a family member.  CFS 14-058376


VANDALISM-LANCASTER GATE

4400 block of Wexham Court, on June 15, 2014, between 3:00PM and 8:00PM, someone struck the left rear window glass of the 2007 Pontiac, shattering it. Value of the glass is $100.00.  No suspects.  CFSs 14-058308


VANDALISM

12900 block of Orange Plank Road, on June 17, 2014 between 6:20PM and 9:30PM, someone broke the windshield and the two side windows on the right side of the 2000 Honda CRV, and damaged the right and left pillars where the windshield rests.  Damage is estimated at $2,500.00 and the victim suspects a white male, thin build, late teens, and shaggy brown hair.  CFS 14-058939


VANDALISM-TIMBERS

400 block of Albany Street, June 17, 2014 between 10:53PM and 11:37PM, someone threw an object at a house front window, breaking the outer pane. The hole was egg size and the inner glass was not damaged. The victim suspects a neighborhood juvenile or a recent former tenant.  Cost to replace the glass is $200.00.  CFS 14-059014