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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 14:46

Boone P.D. Investigates Scam Involving Green Dot MoneyPak Cards

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.

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