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District Attorney's Office warns of prepaid debit card scam

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The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office is warning people about a scam involving Green Dot MoneyPak cards.

The District Attorney's Office says it has been notified that people are receiving calls asking them to purchase a prepaid debit card and then call them back with the card information.

Officials say the calls are different and include: "Someone you know is in trouble and needs help, you won a prize, or you can collect on a government grant, someone claiming to represent PG&E, the IRS or local law enforcement - and many other variations."

Green Dot MoneyPak offers the following tips:

- Never give receipt information about your MoneyPak purchase to another party.
- Use your MoneyPak only to reload your prepaid cards or accounts you control.
- Refuse any offer that asks you to buy a MoneyPak and share the number or receipt information by email or phone.
- 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 use the MoneyPak to pay taxes or fees to claim "winnings" on a foreign lottery or prize promotion. Unless it's an approved MoneyPak partner, don't use MoneyPak for any offer that requires you to pay before you get the item.

The District Attorney's Office says if you receive a call, email or text from anyone asking for immediate payment with a Green Dot card, to consider it is possibly a scam and report it to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP or www.ftc.gov.


You may also call the District Attorney's Economic Crime Unit at (805) 781-5856 or the Victim/Witness Assistance Center at (805) 781-5821 with additional questions.

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