PARKER, Colo. — Residents in Parker are being urged to be cautions when using Green Dot MoneyPack cards after a scam was discovered by police.
The scam involves the victim getting a phone call from a person who wants to collect a debt and tells the victim they have to pay using one of the prepaid cards.
There are three versions of the scam, depending on who the scammer claims to represent.
In one version a caller from a utility company says they are collecting on past due debts. They tell the victim to buy a Green Dot MonePack card and call back immediately and give over the serial number. By actin now, the victim can save on penalties, the caller claims.
Similar scams have been reported with the caller claiming to represent the IRS and/or a bank.
In the bank scam, the victim applies for a loan online and they receive a phone call from the scammer claiming to work for the bank. The scammer tells the victim they need to pay a processing fee and then describes how to do so with MonePack cards.
Parker police released these scam Prevention Tips:
- 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 by MoneyPak.
If you believe you have been a target or victim of a scam, contact your local law enforcement agency or call Parker police at 303-841-9800.