Green Dot MoneyPak® card fraud
What is a Green Dot MoneyPak® card?
Green Dot MoneyPak cards are pre-paid cards available at convenience stores and pharmacies. Consumers add money to the cards and use them to pay bills and add money to online accounts. Green Dot also produces pre-paid debit cards.
What are the scammers doing?
Scam artists are using both types of cards to get cash from victims. To perpetrate the fraud, scammers call victims and tell them they are calling from Time Warner Cable. They offer them a discount or special upgrade of service if they agree to pay in advance. They tell victims to buy a Green Dot MoneyPak card and to place money on the card. Victims then provide the MoneyPak PIN, allowing the scammers to transfer the money immediately from the Green Dot card to another account. Once transferred, the victim’s money is lost.
This scam is spreading across the country, and many companies have been affected by it.
What should I do?
MoneyPak offers on its website these tips on how to protect yourself from fraud:
• Never give receipt information about your MoneyPak purchase to another party.
• Use your MoneyPak only to reload your prepaid cards or accounts you control.
• Refuse any offer that asks you to buy a MoneyPak and share the number or receipt information by email or phone.
• To use your MoneyPak with PayPal or eBay or other online merchants, transfer the money to your PayPal account before you pay the merchant. Don’t email your MoneyPak number directly to any merchant.
• Don’t use the MoneyPak to pay taxes or fees to claim “winnings” on a foreign lottery or prize promotion. Unless it’s an approved MoneyPak partner, don’t use MoneyPak for any offer that requires you to pay before you get the item.
• Check this list of approved MoneyPak partners before you use your MoneyPak to pay.
Tips courtesy of MoneyPak