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Beware of Green Dot MoneyPak scam: NYPD


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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KATRINA MEDOFF

Police are alerting residents about a scam involving Green Dot MoneyPak cards.

In the scam, victims are contacted by a caller who claims to be from a utility company or the IRS and states that money is past due. The caller then informs the victim that they can avoid having their utilities disconnected or being arrested or deported by making an immediate payment.

The caller tells the victim to go to a store and purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak Card and place a certain amount of cash on the card.

The victim is instructed to call back with the card in hand, scratch off the back of the card and read the serial number to the perpetrator. The scammer then drains the funds from the card.

Scammers may also claim that a relative or friend has been in an accident and that an immediate payment is required or that a relative or friend has been arrested and needs bail money.

Green Dot MoneyPak cards themselves are legitimate products; consumers can use them to reload other prepaid cards, add money to a PayPal account without using a bank account or make same-day payments to major companies.

These scammers are instructing victims to use MoneyPak cards because, unlike in scams involving wiring money, scammers do not need to show up at an office to claim the funds.

Utility companies and government agencies will not contact anyone demanding immediate payment by Green Dot MoneyPak, according to police. People should be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.

The NYPD is asking anyone with information about this scam to call 1-800-577-TIPS.

 

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Police, Congressmember Meng warn of phone scam


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Don’t be another phone scam victim, police and Congressmember Grace Meng are warning.

Criminals, posing as authority figures, are either targeting immigrants with threats of deportation or calling victims to say they owe money to the IRS or to utility companies.

Meng said scammers are posing as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials, asking for Social Security and passport numbers.

The thieves then say payment is needed to fix immigration record problems, in many cases demanding victims use a Green Dot MoneyPak, police said.

“These are not government officials trying to correct a problem. They are con artists trying to rip people off,” Meng said.

Residents should be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason, police said. Cops also warn residents not to give out personal or financial information to anyone who calls or emails.

Utility and government agencies will never say to pay immediately with Green Dot MoneyPak or even ask for payments over the phone, the NYPD said.

Victims should call their local precincts or report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission here.

Meng said constituents concerned about their immigration records can call her office at 718-445-7860 or visit here.

The congressmember introduced an anti-spoofing bill last December, calling for penalties for  those who use caller IDs to misrepresent themselves in order to get personal or financial information.

“The public should be on guard against this outrageous scam and not fall victim to it,” Meng said.

 

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