I last wrote about Green Dot Moneypaks over a year ago, so it’s time for a refresher course. Green Dot is a financial services company, specializing in credit and debit cards. They sell VISA debit cards, which consumers can load with up to $500. Locally, Walgreens and Walmart sell these cards. The stores charge $4.99 for each card, and then collect the amount in cash you want to load on them. Many people who lack bank accounts or credit cards use these cards for legitimate and very routine business, such as paying cable or phone bills, making online purchases, or everyday use of debit cards. But crooks favor their use also, because of the ease with which they can transfer money from these cards and move it anywhere in the world.
How can you avoid a Green Dot scam? Very simply, if someone calls you claiming you won something, and mentions Green Dot, hang up immediately. It is a scam – always.
Contact me at Seniors vs. Crime at the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, 242-9211, Ext. 4433, to report scams, fraud, or other crooked schemes. Most of what I learn starts out with questions from the folks who contact me.
Randy Meier is the director of Seniors vs. Crime, which operates in conjunction with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office.