Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 10:33 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:33:26 GMT
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Dewayne Thompson, wanted in the wounding and kidnapping of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard, has been captured by Jackson Police. He was taken into custody around 5:45 in west Jackson near where Beard's vehicle was found earlier today.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
Scammers are finding new ways to get their hands on people's hard earned money. This time, it involved using a prepaid green dot card.
Green Dot cards are reloadable debit cards. Scammers like them because they do not have any protection set up. All they need to do is to convince you to put money on the card.
Victims are convinced one of two ways. Either scammers claim you have won a prize, or claim you owe them money.
"These crooks that call people up and say they've won a million dollars in a sweepstakes, and all you have to do is send me a thousand dollars to claim your prize, or pay the taxes, or they will say that they are the IRS and that you have to pay a tax or we are going to come and arrest you," said Dick Eppstein, President of the Better Business Bureau of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.
Last Friday, a Van Wert man lost $1,500. He was told he won a Verizon sweepstake, and would need to send $1,500 on a green dot card to claim the prize.
Once the money is sent by giving out the green dot number, there is no getting the money back.
Scammers used to use other cards, like western union and money gram. Those services have started setting up protection against scams.
Eppstein says the BBB is in talks with green dot to enhance their protection, but there is little they can do if anything.
"I don't know if there is anything that they can do. The green dot is a legitimate product," said Eppstein.
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