Lubbock-based BBB Warns of Green Dot Scam

Published 04/06 2014 03:45PM

Updated 04/07 2014 01:00AM

LUBBOCK, TX -- A consumer warning about a so-called “green dot scam” has come from the Lubbock-based Better Business Bureau of the South Plains of West Texas. Last week the local BBB said potential victims get a phone call from someone claiming to be law enforcement. According to the BBB the intended victim is told he or she missed a court appearance and the only way to avoid going to jail is to give the scammer $2,000. The intended victim is told to purchase a Green Dot card for $2,000 and then give up the 14-digit number for the card.

“Green Dot Cards can be used to pay bills online and make purchases on the Internet,” the local BBB said in a written statement last week. “Unfortunately, criminals are using them to con consumers since they are untraceable.”

The BBB offered expertise on how to avoid the Green Dot scam:
  • Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
  • Protect your Green Dot MoneyPak card number. Remember that anyone who has that number has access to the funds on your 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.

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