Some states send child support to the receiving parent by uploading it to a debit card.
While that system has its convenience, it is not without problems.
A New Jersey Mother got a text message indicating that her debit account was blocked. The message provided contact information to straighten things out.
Unfortunately, after calling the number – and providing personal information – Mother’s account was cleaned out.
Mother reported the fraud, but she was behind two other victims the same morning.
The FBI advises against responding to unsolicited e-mails or text messages about child support debit card accounts.
Strangely, neither the police nor the child support enforcement agency in New Jersey were aware of the child support debit card scams.