Madison Police issue warning about Green Dot MoneyPak scams

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison Police say con artists are trying to hook people into a scam using Green Dot MoneyPaks. They are doing this by acting as police officers and threatening to arrest the person who picks up the phone.

Police say the scam artist threatens to arrest the person if a payment isn’t made.  The scam artist tells victims to buy a Green Dot prepaid card with a certain amount of money on it, then says they must call back to provide the number on the back of the card.

The scam artist may also route potential victims to different people acting as representatives of the agency trying to get your money.  Additionally, scammers may manipulate caller ID to make the number look like it’s from the local police department, and they may use actual names of police officers they pulled from department websites.

Madison Police urge you not to fall for this scam.

Similar scams involve the IRS and then wiring money through Western Union.

Here are more tips to avoid getting scammed.