Summerville, PA – A Jefferson County woman was scammed out of $225 recently when she thought she was obtaining a loan.

The 49-year-old Summerville woman says she paid $225 for a prepaid debit card as part of the scam.

Legitimate companies will never ask you to send them a prepaid card or gift cards for payment.

Before you make any payment to a company you’ve never used before, make sure you research them.

Search for the company’s name online, along with the word “scam” to see if other people have had problems with them before.

You can also call your local police if you’re unsure if something is a scam or if it seems fishy or too good to be true.