A scam using a pre-paid card that works like cash is going around KELOLAND again. The South Dakota Consumer Protection Division has received a number of calls from consumers who have been targeted by the scam.
Green Dot MoneyPak cards have a legitimate use, but crooks are asking people to buy them, load them up with money and then give the
Attorney General Marty Jackley says the scam works in many ways, including phone calls implying that consumers are behind on a bill or someone posing as an IRS agent collecting on back taxes that must be paid immediately. But it can also come in the form of a phone call promising a winning sweepstakes and in order to claim the prize, money must be added to the card.
The Consumer Protection Division has this advice to 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 via MoneyPak.
If you have been a victim of one of these scams or need any additional information contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-300-1986 or firstname.lastname@example.org.