People are losing thousands of dollars in a phone scam involving Green Dot MoneyPak cards.
Here is how the scam works:
After receiving a call from someone who claims to be collecting a debt for either a Utility Company or the Internal Revenue Service, people are being threatened with the loss of their heat, electric or told they will be deported.
Utility Company Scam:
The victims are contacted by a caller who states that they work at a Utility Company and are collecting money that is past due. The caller informs the victim that they can avoid having their utility service disconnected if they immediately pay the past due amount using a Green Dot MoneyPak card that can be purchased at a local store. The caller instructs the victim to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak card in a specified amount and provides the victim with a phone number to be called back when the MoneyPak has been obtained.
The victim purchases a Green Dot card at a local store and proceeds to call back the number they were given. The victim is instructed to scratch off and read the MoneyPak card serial number to the perpetrator.
Once the scammer has the Green Dot MoneyPak serial number they are able to transfer funds onto a prepaid debit card. The victim has now lost their money.
Internal Revenue Service Scam:
The victims receive a call and are told that they owe back taxes, fees or fines to the I.R.S. and that if they do not make an immediate payment using a Green Dot Moneypak card they will be arrested or deported. This scam is perpetrated in the same manner as the utility scam. The results are also the same, the victim’s money is stolen.
Green Dot MoneyPak cards themselves are legitimate products when used for the right purposes. Once purchased at a participating retailer with cash, consumers can use MoneyPaks to reload other prepaid cards, add money to a PayPal account without using a bank account, or make same-day payments to major companies. Because the cards can only be bought with cash, consumers never need to disclose their personal or financial information to a retail cashier or to make a payment.
While many schemes still involve scammers asking for funds to be wired to them, MoneyPaks have the added benefit of the scammer not having to show up at an office to claim the funds. Anyone with the 14-digit number found on the back of the MoneyPak card can drain the card of funds.
In all of these examples, the intended victims are instructed to buy a Green Dot MoneyPak cards, load the amount of the fine or other money owed onto the card and then provide the number on the back of the card to the scammers, who will then drain the funds from the card.
Crime Prevention Tips To Help You Avoid Falling Victim To This Scam:
*Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
*Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot MoneyPak card has access to the funds on the card.
*Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.
*Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers or Green Dot MoneyPak card numbers to someone you do not know.
*Utility companies and government agencies will not contact you demanding immediate payment by MoneyPak
People are losing thousands of dollars in a phone scam involving Green Dot MoneyPak cards.
BORO PARK SHOMRIM SAY: REGISTER YOUR BICYCLES NOW!!!
The Brooklyn South Safety Patrol – the Boro Park Shomrim – are reminding all local residents who own bicycles to register them with the patrol, so that they can be identified and returned to their owners in the event they are stolen and later recovered.
The patrol has scheduled a BICYCLE REGISTRATION And SAFETY DAY EVENT on Sunday,Jun 9,2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm. at the public school yard of ps 192 on 47rd St. between 18th and 19th Av’s.
Unlike automobiles, which are registered with the state and carry license plates (for added security, the state also records the manufacturer’s vehicle identification number), bikes are not registered – so if a thief grabs your bike, pedals off with it and is later caught, it’s your word against his as to who owns the bike.
That’s exactly what happened in one case recently, patrol leaders say – a boy whose bike was stolen from him saw the thief pedaling it the next day at a local park – but he had no proof that the bike was really his and the bike–napper was allowed to go free.
But another boy in pretty much the same circumstances was more fortunate –he had registered his bike with the Shomrim at last year’s BICYCLE REGISTRATION DAY, and a number was put on the bike and the boy was given a card certifying his ownership. When his bike was stolen and the thief was caught, he produced his registration card and was able to get his cycle back.
Sometimes, bike thieves don’t just steal cycles for their own joyriding pleasure – they steal lots of them, as a business, and if they happen to be arrested, police may seize lots of bikes – but without proof that a particular one is yours, you probably won’t get it back.
SO BE SAFE – REGISTER YOUR BIKE NOW.
Boro Park Shomrim - Purim Safety Tips
Purim is here again! It’s a wonderful holiday – but one where tragedy can strike before you know it. The Brooklyn South Safety Patrol/Boro Park Shomrim wants to advise community residents to use caution and play it safe to keep the joyous laughter from suddenly turning to tears.
STRANGERS: Strangers may show up at your door – and may be wearing masks or other costumes. If you let someone you don’t know into your house, be alert and keep your eyes open. Make sure you keep your doors closed and locked, so that the only people coming into your home are those whom you specifically let in – not people who just “wander in”. If you are giving money to tzedakah collectors, keep your money or your checkbook on your person – not laying around where anybody who walks in can pocket it when you’re not looking and walk out with it. You may have a camera or camcorder out to take pictures of friends who come in, but do not leave it carelessly laying around so that someone can walk off with it. Other valuables, such as watches, jewelry, etc., should of course be guarded with the same care. If you wish to give a collector or someone else you don’t know a drink, have the wine or liquor already out and on the table. Don’t leave a stranger alone while you go rummaging in the next room for it. Walk a stranger into your house and walk him or her out again – and do not allow anyone you don’t know to wander around your house (say to the bathroom) unwatched or unescorted. (more…)
To all bp residents we ask to please prepare for the hurricane should it get to its worse you shall be ready
Stay alert to weather reports and outside conditions also please pay attention to local authorities.
Keep your cell phones fully charged
Keep all your emergency contacts and phone numbers with you
Check flashlights and put in reachable place if lights go out suddenly
Keep a battery operated radio with you
Fill up your cars with gas before the storm
Keep all you important document in a waterproof bag and keep with you
Keep all your medications next to you
Please secure all outside articles or put them in garage like garbage cans, outside furniture, gas grills, etc…..
If you have elders that aren’t capable of being by themselves please have them placed somewhere for the duration of the storm
Stay away from windows as they may shatter without warning
Stay away from downed wires as they still carry live currents especially thru water
In all cases if not necessary please stay indoors at all time during storm
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Dime Savings Bank on 13th Avenue near 50th Street in Boro Park was hit for the second consecutive day by the same robber. In yesterday’s heist, the robber got away with $2,000. He returned today, claimed he was armed, and made off with an additional $8,000.
The suspect, still wearing his ski mask and gloves, was apprehended after he was spotted running down the block by a man making a meat delivery to a neighboring store. According to a press release by Councilman David Greenfield, the delivery man yelled out “chaptzem”, before contacting the Boro Park Shomrim and the NYPD.
The perpetrator was chased down and caught by members of Shomrim at 14th Avenue and 52th Street, only one block from the scene of the robbery. Shomrim held the suspect and NYPD arrested him. The robber is currently in custody. Criminal charges against him are pending.
A large menorah, an esrog box and a megilla case were among several items that were recovered by police this morning at Eastern Silver in Borough Park.
A statement released by Councilman David Greenfield praised both members of Shomrim and the 66th police precinct for the capture of Dennis Ildatov, of 770 Ocean Parkway.
“Thank G-d this alleged criminal is off our streets. We are fortunate to have an incredible Shomrim Volunteer Safety Patrol who in conjunction with the outstanding men and women of the NYPD’s 66th Precinct made this significant break and arrest in these troubling cases. It’s reprehensible that anyone would target the Jewish community this way and I am deeply grateful to both Shomrim and the 66th Precinct for quickly putting an end to this one-man crime spree.”
Councilman Brad Lander also lauded those involved in bringing the rash of burglaries to a close.
“The thanks of a grateful community go to the Borough Park Shomrim and the NYPD 66th Precinct for the great investigative work that led to the arrest of silver-thief Denis Ildatov. Because of their smart and collaborative work, this criminal will no longer be stealing the religious articles and priceless, sentimental family heirlooms of families in our community.”
In at least several of the robberies, Ildatov entered the victims’ homes through an unlocked door according to Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Ildatov can be seen in the surveillance video from the Zion home, which was robbed last week, pushing in the door and walking into the house.
“The message here is clear,” Hikind told VIN News. “Even if you live in a safe neighborhood, you must keep your doors locked. There are people who are up to no good, looking for an easy way into your home. Leaving your door unlocked is like putting up a big sign that says ‘Come on in, the door is open.’”
Hikind added that with many people now returning from vacation to their homes in Brooklyn, police have received several additional reports of burglaries, which are currently under investigation.
At about 11;30pm a call came into the shomrim emergency hotline the caller states i see someone that just smashed a window of a car at 14th av. 38th St. is sitting in the car trying to break out the cd player and the GPS
the shomrim members quikly surounded the block and when the police arrived the perpatrator has dropped the stolen merchandise while he walked down the street the police arrested him for breaking into a car all the stolen merchandise were recovered .