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Green Dot money scam thwarted

NEW CITY - On August 29, a 57 year old woman from Valley Cottage almost got scammed for more than $2,500 in cash if it wasn’t for quick thinking employees at the CVS in New City. The victim received a phone message from someone who identified themselves as an agent with the IRS. The caller stated that the victim owed money for back taxes or would face arrest.  The caller instructed the victim to purchase Green Dot Money Paks at the CVS pharmacy.  The victim went to her local bank and withdrew the cash.  She then went to CVS in New City to purchase the paks. 

The cashier alerted the manager to the large Green Dot Money purchase. The manager, of New City, was aware of the ongoing scam and alerted the victim. The Clarkstown Police Department applauds the actions of the New City CVS and would like all merchants to be aware of these scams.  

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.