March , 2019

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CHICAGO, IL – Pre-paid debit cards such as GreenDot Money Cards, Wal-Mart MoneyCard and Western Union MoneyWise are popular not only with consumers but also with scammers. Recently fraudsters have been posing as “support reps” for these pre-paid debit cards but are really asking for credit and checking account numbers to steal money.

With this scan, the scammers claim you need a refund for money you loaded on the card and search online for customer support and find a website that claims it can help.You call the number and the representative who answers says they can help get your money back. All you have to do is provide your prepaid card number and checking or credit card account information, then they can process your refund. By providing this information, you just gave a scammer access to the prepaid card and your checking or credit card account.

“This type of scam has been around for a long time and there have been several variations of it,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “With all of the variations the goal is the same, scammers just want to steal your money. No matter what, never give financial information to anyone over the phone.”

The BBB offers the following tips to avoid these scams:

  • Treat your pre-paid debit card funds like cash. Once gone, you won’t be able to get it back.
  • Don’t give your card number to someone you don’t know. This will allow them to access the funds on your card.
  • To use your MoneyPak with PayPal or eBay or other online merchants, transfer the money to your PayPal account before you pay the merchant.
  • Don’t email your MoneyPak number directly to any merchant.
  • Don’t pay before you get an item. Unless it’s an approved partner, don’t use a pre-paid card for any offer that requires you to pay before you get the item.

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