Victor Duval, manager of the Port St. Joe CVS Pharmacy, was recognized by George Small for being a Good Samaritan by preventing Small’s mother from nearly being scammed out of $500.
The scam involved a phone call to a potential target letting them know that they’ve won a car or a trip and all they need to do to receive it is to pay the taxes on the prize.
Targets are encouraged to visit a local Walmart or CVS and acquire a Green Dot prepaid Visa or Mastercard and relay a number from the card to the scammer.
The digits are used to take the money from the card and after the fraud is successful, the scammer disappears and no prize is received.
Duval, a 17-year employee of CVS, had heard of this trick in the past, but it was the first time he’d seen anyone in Port St. Joe nearly fall victim to it.
Seeing the woman purchase a $500 prepaid card raised a red flag and he intervened to inform her that she had likely been targeted.
After Duval explained how the con worked, she said she had in fact received a phone call about a prize from Kingston, Jamaica.
The manager then spent the next few minutes on the phone with Green Dot and explained the situation. He was able to get her money for the non-refundable card returned.
“She was pretty upset when she found out,” said Duval, “but was happy to get her money back.”
Companies that sell the prepaid cards often have safety measures in place to prevent the buyer falling victim to similar cases of fraud.
“When people buy the Green Dot cards, we’re trained to ask questions,” said Duval. “It’s for their protection against these types of situations.”
These scams typically target the elderly and the phone calls may originate from outside the U.S.
“People need to know about these scams,” said the target’s son, Small. “I want to commend Victor for taking action.”