The Boone Police Department has received a number of reports recently where victims were defrauded over the telephone by fraudsters demanding pre-paid money cards. The caller will allege to be from a utility company, government agency, or fundraising organization. The caller will be very aggressive and demand the immediate payment of money via a pre-paid money card so the caller or a relative will avoid dire consequences. In most cases, the caller will demand 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 and the seller will ask you to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak card and provide them the card number so they can hold the item.
Here are some tips to help you 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 you unsolicited.
Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers or Green Dot MoneyPak card numbers to someone you do not know.
Utility companies and government agencies will not contact you demanding immediate payment by a Green Dot MoneyPak card.
If you are doubt about the legitimacy of the caller, request a callback telephone number and then contact the Boone Police Department or your local law enforcement agency for assistance.
- Written by Steve Frank