GRANT COUNTY, Wash—The Grant County Sheriff’s Office warned the public Tuesday of a new scam involving Green Dot MoneyPak cards.
Customers purchase the cards at retailers, such as Wal-Mart, and use them as reloadable debit cards. Each card has a 14-digit security code, which is similar to a bank account number. Police said anyone who knows that number has access to the funds loaded on the card.
Online job applicants should beware of listings that asking they deposit a check into their bank account and then purchase the Green Dot MoneyPak Cards according to police.
Listings for secret shopper jobs often ask applicants to use the cards at various retailers and then share an evaluation of the store along with the security code on the cards according to officials. Police said the scammers, who often use business names such as “Kodak Survey Inc. of Atlanta” or “North Atlanta Survey”, use the security code to transfer money to a different account.
Another popular scam police warned about involved a lottery or sweepstakes. Police said scammers told victims that they won the lottery or sweepstakes and asked them to use the Green Dot MoneyPak to pay taxes on their prize.
Police said once money is transferred or spent from a Green Dot MoneyPak card, it is unlikely it can be recovered. Officials said there are more similar scams and reminded the public to confirm a company is legitimate before sending them money.