Lancaster Sheriff warns of Green Dot MoneyPak Fraud

The sheriff’s office received a report of a local citizen being defrauded out of $3,100 when the victim “bought” a used vehicle from Craiglist using “E-Bay”.

According to the complaint, the victim was contacted by the “seller” and instead of using PayPal was told to purchase $2,100 in Green Dot MoneyPaks. The victim was then to fax the MoneyPak serial numbers to a provided number, upon receipt of which the sale would be completed. The victim was again contacted and told that $1,000 for “shipping insurance” needed to be paid in the same manner.

The victim attempted to contact the “seller” when the second confirmation report for the $1,000 was not received. After contacting both Craigslist and E-bay the victim discovered that neither had been involved in the “sale” of the vehicle.

Based on the victim’s complaint, E-Bay is investigating this and has contacted the FBI, which has jurisdiction due to the federal Wire Fraud Act.

According to the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, there has been a rise in the number of fraud complaints involving the use of Green Dot Money Packs. Consumers are given the following advice to help prevent being defrauded:

  • Never give your MoneyPak number to someone you do not know
  • Ask for the credentials and information from the company that is asking for payment
  • Be aware that MoneyPaks are pre-paid, so they act as cash instead of credit, making it much more difficult to recover your money once it has been taken
  • Never give receipt information about your MoneyPak purchase to another party
  • Use your MoneyPak onley to reload your pre-paid card or accounts you control
  • Refuse any offer to buy a MoneyPak and share the number or receipt information by email, phone or fax
  • Don’t use the MoneyPak to pay taxes or fees to claim “winnings” in a sweepstake or lottery

To report suspected fraud, contact the Virginia Division of Consumer Affairs Protection Hotline at
(800) 552-9963