The 102nd Precinct has seen a rise in a new green dot scam that is costing people thousands of dollars.
Scammers are calling up potential victims, pretending to be from a government agency such as the IRS, INS or a utility company and are telling residents they owe a certain amount of money, police said.
The victim is then told if they don’t pay the money within a certain amount of time, they will be arrested or deported. The scammer instructs the victim to purchase a reloadable debit card, such as a Green Dot MoneyPak, and provide him or her with the transaction numbers located on the back of the card.
Police said true utility companies and government agencies would not contact you demanding immediate payment via the Green Dot MoneyPak.
For more information, please contact 102nd Precinct Crime Prevention Officer Quwella Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-805-3217.