Here at MiCash we know Greendot Money Paks are a great way to load money to a prepaid card. Yet, scam artists are also getting money out of unsuspecting folks by asking them to share a MoneyPak activation number as a way to “pay” for something that is simply a scam.
Adding money to your MiCash Card using a MoneyPak is easy and convenient. However, once you put your hard earned cash on a MoneyPak you’ll want to guard the 14-digit activation number like cash. In fact, you’ll want to call MoneyPak’s toll free customer service line, or go online at moneypak.com to move the MoneyPak’s funds to your prepaid card soon as you can.
This article describes how the Arizona Better Business Bureau has examined how phony websites are cheating people this way, much like they have used untraceable MoneyGram and Western Union wire transfers to run their their frauds.
BBB says the public should be very cautious when using a Green Dot MoneyPak to pay an unfamiliar company or individual. Anyone who requires an upfront payment with a Green Dot MoneyPak is very possibly operating a scam.
The article offers several examples of how people have been scammed.
A senior airman at Scott Air Force Base near Shiloh, Ill., lost $1,000 last month when paying for a treadmill with a Green Dot MoneyPak. “I was taken,” he said… He said he found an ad on Craigslist for the treadmill, and the contact referred him to the site. The site looked “very professional,” and he said he used a Green Dot MoneyPak to pay the $1,000 cost, as directed by the company. When he did not receive the treadmill, he contacted BBB.
… A man from Columbia, Mo., said he discovered a Playstation game system on a Yahoo shopping site and was directed to make payment to the company, Tech Gear Upgrade, using a Green Dot MoneyPak. “I thought it was weird that they didn’t take Visa or Mastercard,” he said. He never received the game system and has given up hope of collecting his $180.
It’s safer to purchases things online with a prepaid card or credit card. And regardless you should be very wary about purchasing anything from individuals or companies you don’t know, if you have to pay up front before receiving your merchandise. If you share your MoneyPak activation number to a scammer by typing it into a web form or sending it in an email, or saying it over the phone, a within moments they can take use that activation number to drain the MoneyPak of funds and be gone. You or the authorities likely won’t know how to catch them.
The moral of the story? Consider that anyone you don’t know who is online or not in front of you and who wants your MoneyPak activation number, or a wire transfer, may be up to no good.
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