BEWARE – PRE PAID MONEY CARD SCAM
- Often directed at elderly persons, or local businesses.
- Callers allege to be from a legitimate company and that you owe money right away.
- Threaten to cut off service, have you arrested, or some other immediate penalty. Callers insist that you pay by Green Dot card, Walmart/Target gift card, ITunes card, or money gram, wire transfer, etc. primarily but may suggest other types of pre-paid cards.
- High pressure – insist you pay in a short period of time. They request you get the card and give them the number off the back of the card.
- Requests may also be made through phone or email.
- In general, NO LEGITIMATE COMPANY WOULD INSIST OR MANDATE THIS TYPE OF PAYMENT. If a company, utility service, etc., demand you purchase money cards and call them back with the money card serial number, IT IS ALMOST CERTAINLY A SCAM.
- Call the real company to verify whether you owe money and how payment may be received by them (Do not use number given by them, use a phone number from a bill, receipt, phone listing, etc.)
- Callers have purported to be from several business or government entities, including but not limited to the following:
Con Edison - Cablevision - White Plains (or other cities) Court - Water Department US Marshalls (or other law enforcement re: warrants for arrest) – IRS – (taxes overdue)
“This case was decided in a court of law, which is the appropriate forum for the issues raised. I would like to thank the jury for their work and their commitment. We must not forget that in addition to the matter of law decided today, there are still people experiencing the loss of a beloved family member. This is why I would like to express again my sincere condolences to the Chamberlain family.
The officers of the White Plains Police Department are well trained professionals who are committed to protecting the public, often under difficult conditions requiring split second decisions. I commend them for their willingness to put themselves into difficult situations every day and I would remind everyone that this case has been reviewed by the Westchester County District Attorney’s office, a grand jury, and the US Attorney’s office.
We must, all of us, now work toward healing by asking ourselves how we can continue to make positive change going forward. That will be my focus and I hope the focus of everyone in our City.”