Green Dot MoneyPak cards are useful, convenient, and great for gifts or as an option for not carrying cash. But now the con artists know this too. Con artists may claim you won a lottery and you need to make a payment for taxes to get your prize. They may claim to be a collection agency and tell you need to pay or they will get a warrant for your arrest. Either way they want you to use a Green Dot MoneyPak card. They tell you to buy a card and provide them with the digital security code on the back. Once you do this the money will be gone by money transfer.
Keep safe with these tips:
· Never give your MoneyPak number to someone you don’t know.
· If a company asks for a payment, ask for the company’s credentials and contact information.
· Because MoneyPaks are pre-paid they act as cash, making it much more difficult to get your money back once it’s been taken.
· Never give receipt information about a MoneyPak purchase to another party.
· Use your MoneyPak only to reload your own prepaid cards or accounts you control.
· Refuse any offer that asks you to buy a MoneyPak and share the number or receipt information by email or phone.
· To use your MoneyPak with online merchants, transfer the money to your online account before you pay the merchant. Don’t email your MoneyPak number directly to any merchant.
· Don’t use the MoneyPak to pay taxes or fees to claim “winnings” in a sweepstakes or lottery.
· Don’t take chances with your money. Be sure that you’ve checked and verified the company and all details before you make a payment.
· Collection agencies cannot have you arrested, do not feel threatened if a caller says they will have you arrested. Past due bills are a civil matter and you can be sued, but not arrested.
Remember that anyone selling door to door (e.g., vacuum cleaner or magazine sales) in the City of Lanark is required to have a solicitor’s permit issued by the city. Doing business with a company without a permit is at your own risk and is not recommended. Please ask to see the permit and do not let them into your house unless you are satisfied with the response. If the person selling refuses to leave when they can’t show you a permit or makes his way into your home, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you have any questions please call the Lanark Police Department at 815-493-6931.