Don’t Fall For The Green Dot MoneyPak Prepaid Card Scam!

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One of the most important things we do on the PCH blog is warn our friends about Publishers Clearing House scams! Unfortunately, PCH scams involving Green Dot MoneyPak prepaid cards are on the rise. Fraudsters have been attempting to use Green Dot MoneyPak prepaid cards to steal hard-earned money from innocent people, like you. Read on and discover how to protect yourself from being a victim of fraud!

In case you’re not familiar with them, Green Dot MoneyPak cards are prepaid cards that can be purchased at convenience stores and used in place of a credit card. Since they’re prepaid, if a scammer gets the code located under the scratch-off strip on the reverse side of the card, they can claim the money from the card very quickly.  And once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

MoneyPak Back

Scam scenarios involving these cards might unfold in a variety of ways, but the gist is that scammers tell their victims that they have won the PCH sweepstakes, but they need to first pay a special “insurance” or “tax” by purchasing a Green Dot MoneyPak prepaid card for a specific amount of money and providing the number located under the scratch-off strip on the back of the card over the phone. However, these scammers are NOT from PCH and have NO intention of awarding any prizes.

Can YOU Spot A Scam?

Scenario # 1:  You’ve just received an official-looking letter that states that you’ve won $1 Million and a new car from PCH. When you call the number on the letter, you’re asked to purchase two Green Dot MoneyPak Prepaid Cards for $500 each, scratch off the back and provide the number over the phone. The “representative” on the phone explains that it’s just “insurance” for prize delivery.

SCAM!  If this happens to you, DON’T purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak card and DON’T give the scammer any personal information — even if he sounds sincere! Publishers Clearing House SuperPrizes are personally delivered by the Prize Patrol. Plus, you never, ever have to pay any amount of money to win a PCH prize — it’s the law!

Scenario #2:  You receive a friend request on Facebook from someone who claims to be Dave Sayer of the PCH Prize Patrol. Later, you get a private message that states you’ve won $500,000 from PCH. You’re requested to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak card in the amount of $500 and message him back the number located under the scratch-off strip on the back of the card to cover “taxes” on the prize.

SCAM!   No one affiliated with the PCH Prize Patrol will ever send you a friend request over Facebook.  If this happens to you, don’t accept the request or provide any personal information. You can even follow Danielle Lam’s steps to report a Publishers Clearing House scam on Facebook.

Remember friends, don’t fall for the Green Dot MoneyPak Prepaid Card scam!  As always, if you receive a letter, a telephone call, an email or a social media “friend” request from someone claiming to be from the real PCH and you’re asked to pay a “fee” of any type to claim your prize…STOP!  It’s a SCAM!

All the best,

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative

Other blogs you may like:
How To Report Publishers Clearing House Scams on Facebook
A Personal Example of a Publishers Clearing House (PCH) Scam


200 thoughts on “Don’t Fall For The Green Dot MoneyPak Prepaid Card Scam!”

  1. Not easily scammed says:

    I just received a call from a from “Tom Baxter” – he didn’t even know how to spell his last name. He said he was looking for me while driving around on a FedEx truck because “Arthur Jones” left me $985,000 after his death. He asked me to go to the nearest CVS and purchase 2 cards and add $495 to each. After doing that I need to call him to give him the numbers on the back of the card so he could release the money to me. Not going to happen!! I really hate knowing the fact that so many innocent people fall for this scam. They give you the phone number to call them back so you can feel a little more comfortable with the lies. The number is 876-395-5924.

  2. david says:

    JUST RECEIVED A LONG PHONE CALL ON MY CELL, FROM ??PCH?? SAYING HIS NAME WAS DAVE PETERSON, ID#09009-DP, SAYING THAT I HAD WON 2.5 MILLION PLUS A MEZDE BENZ. THE CHECK #417090666. CK. CONTACT #375-975-701 US. DELIVERY TEAM WOULD BE UPS DELIVERY SERVICE. A COMPANY LAWYER (MARY JONES) WOULD BE BY TO DO PAPER WORK AND RECEIVE THE GREEN DOT CARD,THEN GAVE ME THE CONTACT #1-876-351-1058. ALL THIS HAD TO BE WRITTEN DOWN, AND TO HAVE WITH ME THIS EVENING, AND HE WOULD CALL ME BACK 6:PM AFTER I GOT OFF WORK TO SEE IF I HAD GOTTEN THE CARD. AMOUNT WAS TO BE $450. TOLD HIM COULD NOT GET THAT MUCH, AND WENT DOWN TO $205. THEN TOLD ME THAT I HAD TOGET THE GREEN-DOT-PAPER-SCRATCH-OFF CARD. I CALLED THE NUMBER ON MY PHONE, AND IT WAS A RESRICTIVE LINE AND WOULD NOT GO THRU, TRIED 3-TIMES. HE CALLED ME BACK AND SAID SOME CELL PHONES ARE NOT ABLE TO GET THAT NUMBER, AND TO CALL HIM ONCE I GET HOME (ON MY HOME PHONE) THEN SAID IT WOULD BE EASIER IF HE CALLED ME AFTER 6:PM GIVEN ME TIME TO GET THE CARD. SO I JUST GOT ONLINE AND GOOGLED THIS AND FOUND YOUR SITE, “THANK YOU”. HE CALLED ME A TOTAL OF THREE TIMES, SOUND VERY GOOD, BEST I HAVE EVER HEARD.

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