There is another scam in Nebraska and the State Patrol says they are targeting those who place classified ads. Spokesperson Deb Collins says they received a call from a man Tuesday saying he received a call from an out-of-state number concerning his ad placed in a local newspaper.
Collins says the man received a call from someone claiming to be from the paper and there was a problem with the credit card used to place the ad. They requested he give them the number again and did so. A few minutes later the same person called back saying that card didn’t work and if there was another card he could use.
The man gave the caller a different number and then became suspicious and called the credit card company. He was told while on the phone with the scammers the second time, they were already using his first set of numbers and had charged to it thousands of dollars.
Collins says this victim was right to act on instinct and call the company to put a hold on those cards. The State Patrol advises if this happens to you, don’t give any credit card information and ask for a call back number. You can also call the paper or the company where the ad was placed and ask them if the card had gone through. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
The State Patrol also advises when placing an ad with a credit card to ask for verification that the transaction was successful before continuing.
Anyone who believes they may have been contacted by this ‘Classified Scam” should contact their credit card company immediately and local law enforcement.