Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Green Dot Money Scam Warning

Last week we issued a warning about a Jury Duty scam that is taking place in our area. It appears that local residents continue to be victimized but this and as well as other scams. Take note: government officials DO NOT call you on the phone and provide instructions on avoiding arrest by sharing credit card or other numbers that allow access to cash.

Here is an example from a recent report... “After identifying himself as a deputy sheriff, the male caller told the victim that in lieu of being arrested, that she would have to pay a fine. He gave her strict instructions to go to a local gas station and load two Green Dot Money Pak cards each with $491.00 plus a $4.95 service charge onto them. She then would scratch off the covering label on the back of the card and read the access numbers to him over the phone for each card.”
Remember, Green Dot cards are the same as cash or things such as wire transfer services. Once the scammer has the number they can access the cash. Remember, this is done without providing identification and your money is gone.

This advice from the Green Dot website:

Use your MoneyPak number only with businesses on our approved list. If anyone else asks for your MoneyPak number or information from your receipt, it’s probably a scam. Don’t give your MoneyPak number to pay for something you buy through the classifieds or to collect a prize or sweepstakes. Do not give away your receipt information to another party either. If you give your MoneyPak number or information about the purchase transaction to a criminal, Green Dot is not responsible for paying you back. Your MoneyPak is not a bank account. The funds are not insured against loss. 


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