News headline from the Corona Police Department Economic Crimes Unit:
A warning has been issued about the so-called “Green Dot MoneyPak” card scams. The “Green Dot” cards are legitimate reloadable debit cards that can be used to make purchases.
They are not linked to a bank account, more convenient than a money wire, and just like cash, they are not traceable. The cards can be purchased at retail stores, but offer no consumer protection from fraud, so you do not get your money back.
Amongst some of the investigations the Corona Police Department is looking into, many include utility scams, IRS scams, and loan scams. Callers representing themselves as collectors request victims to purchase the “Green Dot MoneyPak” cards for a specified amount and call them back with the serial number on the card.
Once the scammer has the “Green Dot MoneyPak” serial number, they are able to transfer the funds from the card and the victim is out the money. Some callers claim if the money is not received, consequences of lost utilities, fees, fines, arrest, and even deportation are inevitable.
To avoid becoming a victim, the Corona Police Department offers these tips.
• Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
• Remember that anyone who has the number on a “Green Dot” card has access to the funds on the card.
• Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.
• Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers, or “Green Dot” card numbers to anyone you do not know.
• Utility companies and government agencies will not contact you demanding immediate payment “Green Dot MoneyPak” cards.
If you believe you have been a victim of a scam, call your local police department immediately.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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