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FBI: Bomb threats part of scam


The FBI Atlanta Field Office is alerting consumers that several bomb threats that occurred last week at several CVS and Walgreens stores in the Savannah area were tied to a scam.   

On Sept. 12, 2013, 10 stores in Savannah each received bomb threats over the phone. In each case, the caller asked to speak to the store manager, demanding that 10 Green Dot MoneyPak cards each be activated and loaded with $500 and that the card numbers be read aloud over the phone. 

The caller threatened to blow up the stores if the managers and employees' homes and families if they didn't comply. The managers of all of the stores described the caller as a male between 20 to 30 years of age and with a foreign accent. 

No manager complied with the demands and no explosive devices were found, according to the FBI.

The FBI determined in an investigation that similar such threatening calls were made to various drug stores and retail outlets nationwide. 

One such call placed to a discount department store in Snellville, GA, was identified as an overseas Voice Over IP telephone number, according to the FBI. So far, no explosive devices have been found anywhere in the country linked to these threats.

The types of threats have varied. Green Dot MoneyPak cards are reloadable and available at most retail outlets around the country, and are untraceable just like money wire transfers. These cards are not associated with any bank, meaning that the money is in the card.

Anyone who uses Green Dot MoneyPak cards should keep the numbers safe because they provide instant access to the funds on the cards.

Anyone with information about this emerging scam can report it to the FBI at www.IC3.gov.

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