At least two Anne Arundel County businesses have been duped by scammers into giving sensitive information over the phone, according to police.
"In both instances the callers identified themselves as representatives of BG&E," the release states. "The callers requested payment for an unpaid bill using Green Dot MoneyPak cards. The businesses obtained cards and then provided the numbers to the callers allowing them to remove the money from the cards. "
Police say to be suspicious of any caller demanding immediate payment.
Green Dot MoneyPak cards have become the preferred method for scam artists to steal cash, according to Sid Kirchheimer of AARP . A fraudster may also say that the Green Dot card holder has won a lottery but has to pay a fee to claim the prize, the article states.
The Better Business Bureau has previously published the following list of helpful tips to not become a victim of the trend:
- Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
- Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot MoneyPak card has access to the funds on the 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.