Green Dot MoneyPaks – the scammer’s vehicle of choice

By Robb Hicken/ chief storyteller

Internet thieves who used MoneyGram and Western Union cash transfers to steal millions from unsuspecting consumers are going green: Green Dot MoneyPaks.

The MoneyPaks, sold in stores across the United States, are reloadable debit cards normally used to make same-day payments or add money to prepaid cards or PayPal accounts.

BBB is seeing more and more references to the Green Dot cards, where the victim is told to go to a drug store, supermarket or big box store, purchase the card and then send a wire transfer to an overseas location.

Phony website operators are using the cards to help them cheat customers in much the same way they have used untraceable MoneyGram and Western Union wire transfers to defraud people in recent years.

Be cautious when using a Green Dot MoneyPak to pay an unfamiliar company or individual.

In a recent identity theft case, an elderly Boise woman had her bank account tapped and the money was available to be drawn on a reloadable prepaid card.

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