MoneyPak Scams Rampant

The Better Business Bureau says they have seen a spike in scams that ask for people to use a MoneyPak, which is a reloadable debit card. They are normally used to make same-day payments or add money to prepaid cards or PayPal accounts.

Officials think MoneyPak scams could be the new wire transfer scam.

“cammers are moving away from seeking payments via wire transfer and instead asking consumers to give them money via MoneyPaks,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB. “We feel this is likely due to the fact this form of payment is quite convenient – for both consumers and scammers – and untraceable. "

The BBB says any website requesting payment via a MoneyPak is likely a scam.

Some of the reports filed with the BBB and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety include the following:
-People were asked to pay advance fees on bogus loans with MoneyPaks.
-People were told they had won cash prizes of hundreds of thousands of dollars, but would first have to provide payment via MoneyPaks to claim their winnings.
-People purchased heavily discounted home exercise equipment they found advertised on a fraudulent website (, but after paying hundreds of dollars for it with a MoneyPak discovered the merchandise was nonexistent

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  • by mike Location: westpalm on Jun 30, 2011 at 07:10 AM
    The scam is definitely real, they told me i won 2 mllion but would have to provide this money pak number, they were calling me from jamaica.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2011 at 09:38 AM
    People should just use common sense when it comes to buying online and anywhere else. If its too cheap to you then its prob not a good product or a scam, and if you have to pay in some outragous way, stay way from it. THink, think, think.!!!
  • by taxman Location: snow hill on Jun 27, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    Yes, this is a new scheme being tried out by the banksters with backing from Wall St. hedge fund money. Be careful, keep your money in the mattress or a tin can in the garage or high-up on a shelf ! Do not trust the banksters !!

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