According to the Newark Star-Ledger, someone called a Kmart in Cape May County, NJ, on Tuesday, threatening to set off an explosive device in the store if it failed to add money to a Green Dot prepaid debit card.
Funds were not added to card, but police were called and K-9 units gave the Kmart a thorough sniffing to make sure it was a hoax.
Authorities say this incident is just a variation of the prepaid debit card sweepstakes scam, in which an unwitting victim is told he won a cash prize but will need to go purchase a prepaid debit card in order to pay some sort of “fee” to receive the funds (yes, people actually fall for this… all the time). The victim then gives the scammer the card info and the scammer takes whatever money is on that account. Except in this case, the scammer decided that rather than charming the victim into falling for the scam, he would try to scare the money out of them.