Please share this message, from Council Member Gentile and Deputy Inspector Richard DiBlasio, Commanding Officer of the 68th Precinct, with your respective networks.
They're called Green Dot MoneyPak cards: reloadable debit cards available everywhere that you can use to pay your bills. Problem is, the cards, perfectly legit in themselves, have become the tool of scam artists.
The scammer, playing a debt collector, calls to demand payment of an overdue balance -- or else. The susceptible mark is instructed to go to a nearby Walgreens or Rite Aid and load up a Green Dot MoneyPak card with the amount of cash the scammer says they owe.
The scammer then tells the mark to scratch the back of the card to reveal the PIN number. Since Green Dot MoneyPak cards are not linked to bank accounts, anyone with the PIN can drain the cash that's been loaded onto the card.
Council Member Gentile reports that some local business owners have been tapped for thousands of dollars by scammers posing as ConEd representatives threatening to shut off their electric service unless they pay up immediately.
Don't but it.
Download the poster from the 68th Pct. in PDF.
The scammers can even override your caller ID [Staten Island Live.]
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