The Boone Police Department has received a number of reports recently in which victims were defrauded over the phone by subjects demanding pre-paid money cards. The callers have claimed to be from a utility company, government agency or fundraising organization. The callers have been very aggressive and demanded the immediate payment of money via a pre-paid card so the caller or a relative will avoid dire consequences.
In most cases, the caller has demanded that the victim purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak card and then give them the card number. A variation of the scam involves people wishing to buy items on Craigslist. The seller has asked the victim to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak card and provide them with the card number so they can hold the item.
Here are some tips to help citizens avoid being scammed:
- Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
- Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot MoneyPak card has access to the funds on the card.
- Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls, unsolicited.
- Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers or Green Dot MoneyPak card numbers to any unknown person.
- Utility companies and government agencies will not demand immediate payment by a Green Dot MoneyPak card.
When in doubt regarding the legitimacy of a caller, request a callback telephone number and then contact the Boone Police Department or a local law enforcement agency for assistance.