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Hudson police warn of ‘Green Dot Utility Scam’

Hudson-large-web-iconHudson – The Hudson Police Department issued this release today regarding a scam targeting the town’s utility customers:

Area utility customers are being targeted by something known as the Green Dot Utility Scam.  This is a scam that has cropped up in a number of locations across the country and appears to target utility customers.

Here are the specifics:

•           The caller tells customers their power will be turned off in 45 minutes if they do not make an immediate payment (usually $500 – $1,500).

•           The caller tells customers that payment will only be accepted through the purchase of a “Green Dot” pre-paid debit card.

•           The caller provides customers with a number to call to make payment once they have purchased the Green Dot card.

•           Once the customer provides the Green Dot payment information, their money is gone.

Reports from other areas of the country indicate the scammers are sophisticated enough that they are able to “spoof” the number on Caller ID so that is appears as though the utility is really calling.

If you receive a phone call that seems suspect, DO NOT give out any personal or debit/credit information to the caller.  Hudson Light & Power will always give you a call back number and would never require you to purchase a debit card.

Short URL: http://www.communityadvocate.com/?p=46047

Posted by on Feb 26 2014. Filed under Byline Stories, Hudson, Police & Fire, This Just In. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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