Con men claiming to work with various utility companies including the power provider have threatened services disruptions if a payment is not made directly through the use of a Green Dot MoneyPak card account, according to reports.
Victims of the scam are asked to purchase these cards, often found at local convenience stores, and scratch off and provide a serial number to the scammers who then empty all of the money on the card, police say.
“This scam is not only limited to utility companies,” read an official press release issued by the 104th Precinct. “The unsolicited calls could also be from anyone demanding immediate payment.”
Police warn residents to be weary of any calls or emails demanding payments and to, “never wire money, provide credit card, debit card or Green Dot Moneypak numbers to anyone you do not know.”
“This scam is 100% preventable,” said an officer from the 104th Precinct Community Affairs office.