Green Dot MoneyPak Scam

By: Brooke Thibodaux Email
By: Brooke Thibodaux Email

He thought he was talking to the power company.

But when he paid the bill he got quite the shock.

This is something everyone needs to hear.

Someone may call you about your power bill demanding cash and a special way to pay it.

A local business owner loses out on $14,000.

Normally a skeptical person when it comes to scams, but this time he thought nothing of it.

Old Corral Bar and Grille owner Kevin Holbert knew he was late on his electric bill.

After receiving a call at his business from Mon Power saying he needed to pay by 4 p.m. he acted quickly, not wanting to close.

It wasn't until he received his next bill, he knew something was wrong.

"I don't know how they got the info. I don't know if they got it from the mail box, if they have access to the power company's info, but they had the dollar amount pretty much on the money," says Holbert. "How else would anyone else know I was behind on my bill? But the reason I was behind because I had not received my bill. They even offered me a 10 percent discount on my next electric bill because of my aggravation."

After notifying the attorney general's office, local authortiies, and Mon Power he was told it's called the Green Dot Money PakScam.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is also reporting a similar scam.

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