Cape May County authorities are warning residents of a scam that was involved in a bomb threat hoax in Rio Grande Tuesday.

The fraud scam involves “Green Dot Moneypak” prepaid cards, said Prosecutor Robert Taylor. The cards are reloadable debit cards that can be purchased at numerous retail stores.

A bomb threat was called into the K-Mart department store on Route 47 in the Rio Grande section of Middle Township at approximately 5:15 p.m. An employee of the store told authorities someone called and demanded money be placed into a Green Dot card and if it the employee did not comply a bomb would be set off in the building.

The store was evacuated and K9 Units from the Cape May County Sheriff’s Department, Delaware River and Bay Authority and the New Jersey Department of Corrections responded and conducted a search of the store. There were no suspicious devices found.

Taylor said scams involving these cards have been circulating the county as people are trying to get the card numbers so they can spend the money on the cards.

He advises residents not to give the 14 digit security code on the cards to someone you don’t know, never pay a fee via MoneyPak to collect a prize or sweepstakes win, and refuse any offer that asks you to buy a MoneyPak card and share the number or receipt information by email or phone.

Joel Landau

Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.