Valdosta Police Department Release
Valdosta, GA - The Valdosta Police Department would like to provide the following tips on how to keep from becoming the victim of a Western Union/Wire Transfer Scam or a Green Dot Money-Pak Scam.
Western Union or other wire transfers:
It is not recommended to send money to people that you do not know and trust. Legitimate organizations will not demand money before lottery winnings or prizes are awarded. Most legitimate sellers will accept more than one form of payment. Criminals often have access to fraudulent identification, which can be used to pick up the money. And as always, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Green Dot Money-Pak or reloadable debit cards:
More scammers are moving away from wire transfers and seeking payments by using Money-Paks because they are convenient and untraceable. Anyone you share your card with has instant access to all the funds on the card. Some tips for consumers: Beware if advance fees are required on loans or prizes; if phone calls, emails and other requests are unsolicited; or if Money-Paks are the only acceptable payment method. Never give your Money-Pak card number to someone that you do not know, and be wary of websites where customers are specifically asked to pay with a Money-Pak card. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
More information can be found online at www.westernunion.com or at www.moneypak.com.
Anyone having questions regarding these types of scams can also contact the Valdosta Police Department Property Crimes Unit at 229-293-3145.