Thursday, May 8, 2014

Fraud Alert: Beware of the Green Dot card money scams

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis is warning Staten Islanders that fraudsters are continuing to try and steal their hard earned money by using the Green Dot MoneyPak Scam.

The NYPD has received multiple reports of the on-going scam throughout the Island, Ms. Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn) said in a news release. The Advance has published previous articles alerting the public to the scam and the need to notify the police when incidents occur.

The scams are "costing unwitting residents hundreds and even thousands of dollars," Ms. Malliotakis said.

"These scammers continue to prey on the elderly and home bound, which makes their impact even more detrimental," Ms. Malliotakis said. "Fortunately, the NYPD continues to investigate the issue and I strongly encourage anyone who receives a call which fits the profile to notify the authorities before they complete any transactions."

The scam involves phone calls from fraudsters who lie and say that they represent a government agency or a utility company and then ask potential victims to make payments over the phone using a Green Dot card.