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From: BELL, THOMAS <THOMAS.BELL@nypd.org>
Date: Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 2:41 PM
Subject: Community Alert ! Green Dot MoneyPak Card Scam
Green Dot Money Scam
Over the last few days the 104 Precinct has taken multiple reports from residents who have received phone calls from individuals (con men) claiming to be from Con Edison and are threatened with service disruptions if they do not send funds immediately via the Green Dot MoneyPak. Unfortunately these residents provided the information these criminals requested.
DO NOT BECOME A VICTIM!!
This scam is not only limited to Utility Companies, the unsolicited calls could also be from anyone demanding immediate payment (example: I.R.S.)
Here are a few tips to remember:
- Be suspicious of any individual who calls you at home unsolicited and demands immediate payment. This is also true of unsolicited emails. (Utility Companies and Government Agencies will not contact you demanding immediate payment via Green Dot MoneyPak cards)
- Never wire money, provide credit card, debit card or Green Dot Moneypak numbers to anyone you do not know. Doing so allows access to the all available funds on said cards.
Detective Thomas Bell
104th Precinct Community Affairs
64-02 Catalpa Avenue
Ridgewood, NY, 11385