Green Dot Scam

April 01, 2014

Better Business Bureau® serving the South Plains of West Texas is warning about a phone scam where the caller is posing as a law enforcement officer and telling the intended victim that they missed their court appearance date. The scammer was advising the intended victim that if they did not send money, they would come to their house and arrest them.

The caller told the intended victim’s they had failed to appear in court and requested they pay the $2,000 fine using only a Green Saver Cash card (Green Dot) which is a type of pre-paid credit card that can be purchased at a retail store. The scammer then asked for the 14-digit code found on the back of the Green Dot Card.

Green Dot Cards can be used to pay bills online and make purchases on the Internet. It's convenient for consumers to use these cards without the threat of risk to their bank accounts. Unfortunately, criminals are using them to con consumers since they are untraceable. Once the scammer has the code on the back of the card, there is no way to get the amount back.

BBB offers this advice to avoid falling for a Green Dot MoneyPak scam:

• Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
• Protect your Green Dot MoneyPak card number. Remember that anyone who has that number has access to the funds on your 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 MoneyPak.