Watch out for Scammers

Graduation time is apparently yet another opportunity for scammers. The latest scam reported to the Roswell Police Department involves recent high school graduates (or their parents) receiving a call from someone claiming to be with an organization that will give the recent grad a sizeable amount of money to be used as a college scholarship. The scammer asks the intended victim to go purchase a prepaid debit card for an amount that will cover a “processing fee.” If the card is purchased, the scammer will ask the person for the card number, which will allow the scammer to access the money on the card. College is certainly a big expense for students and families these days, so getting a call offering scholarship money may be enticing. However, such calls fall into the category of “If it sounds too good to be true…” Remember to play it smart as you begin the journey to higher education! If you experience a scam like this, or any other, you can report it directly to the Consumer Protection Division of the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. The Attorney General’s Office can be reached at 1-866-627-3249.