NYPD: Beware of Green Dot MoneyPak Scams
of NYPD Community Affairs Bureau
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.
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.
Summary: 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
- Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.
wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers or Green Dot MoneyPak card numbers to someone you do not know.
companies and government agencies will not contact you demanding immediate payment by MoneyPak.
Next Meeting: Monday February 24, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun Hill Road at Stillwell
Ave - Use Main Entrance.
Agenda: Update on community concerns. Representatives from the 49th
Pct; NYS Senator Klein; NYS Assemblyman Gjonaj; and NYC Councilman Vacca will be present.
Vincent T. Prezioso
Due to the violent weather, the
future meetings will be held at the Bahama Mama Hotel in the Virgin Islands. (Don't you wish!)
is one of the founding members of our Civilian Patrol and when he was in the Bronx and invaluable asset to NEBA and a great
friend. We have received a message from Dori Castro (who also was a Patrol member) that her father Carlos is aging (like
the rest of us) but doing well. He sends his best regards as asks for your prayers as a cancer survivor.
The USPS has a motto that neither wind nor rain nor sleet nor snow will keep us from our appointed
rounds. Well in spite of this brutal winter of snow, ice, sleet, sleet and rain, many of you have attended our meetings
and for this we are thankful! And many of our regular meeting attendees are seniors (hint: so what is the excuse of
you younger ones?) I just want to say how touched and thankful I am for those who truly care about their community and
what happens within it. It is those same seniors who put a cheerful spin on life and avoid the winter blues. It
is those same seniors who continue to service our seniors program come what may. Thank you for being you and thank you
for making this neighborhood a better place to live!
Lowest Rated Nursing Homes
The first of a series of articles
published in Gotham Gazette on February 3, 2014 entitled "Aftermath of Tragedy: New York City's Lowest Rated Nursing
Homes by Jordan Davisdson" exposed conditions at the Mosholu Parkway Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. To view
this article, get someone to go to the website below and print it for you. Each week after February 3rd there
is another article on a lowest rated nursing home in other boroughs.
Courtesy of Gotham Gazette http://www.gothemgazette.com/, a newsletter published by Citizens Union Foundation, part of Citizens Union, a government watchdog organization.
New Year, Body, Attitude!
GET OUT OF THE HOUSE AND COME INTO A WARM AND CHEERY CENTER. OUR CENTER IS ALWAYS BRIGHT,
SUNNY AND FUN... NO STEPS JUST ROLL RIGHT IN. SO BEAT THE WINTER BLUES ... & Come to the Mt Carmel Neighborhood
Senior Center. Our Meals are so so good and A LOT of YOUR Italian Favorites! Always PLENTIFUL & NUTRITIOUS.
Suggested Donation $2.00. Come play BINGO, POOL, or TOMBOLA; take an exercise class: Zumba, Yoga or Chair Aerobics.
We Dance every MONDAY & THURSDAY to your favorite songs with DJ Joe, Mark & others. Trips to the Mall, Casino,
Museums & MORE. We are located at 2405 Southern Blvd - entrance on 187 St. 718-733-8852.
Snow Removal Initiative
The City has is trying to get people motivated to assist those who are unable to remove the snow
from their walkways. Although NEBA does not have the manpower to coordinate an effort in our neighborhood, we are appealing
to all able bodied residents to take the initiative themselves. After all, shouldn't we do for others what we would
like others to do for us? Last year when the storm came, my back went out, and if it wasn't for my neighbor, my walkway
would never have gotten cleared. The Rodney's did not ask if it needed to be done, and did not boast about it afterwards
- they just did what needed to be done! ‘Neighbors watching out for neighbors' is our slogan - how about making
it yours starting this year? So if you are aware of someone who cannot clear snow on their own, please do it for them.
Oh you don't like your neighbor? Well just pretend that your mother lives there and do it anyway. How would you
feel if someone in your family slipped on the snow on your neighbor's property and hurt themselves? Sure you could blame
them, but in reality you could have prevented it. Just imagine our neighborhood if everyone just assisted one person
clear their walks. Not only would the sidewalks be less dangerous, but neighbors might start to talk to one another again.
Charity begins at home and by loving your neighbor as yourself.
Jacobi Medical Center Blood Drive
to the string of unprecedented winter storms, dozens of blood drives have been canceled or postponed. Of the six major
blood types, five are below the levels we project our local hospitals will need in the upcoming days. Please donate
at our upcoming blood drive to bolster the local blood supply.
Date & Time: Wed, Feb 26
- 11am to 5pm
Thurs, Feb 27 - 9am to 3pm
Building 8 - Atrium
Please bring identification
with photo or signature. For questions about eligibility to donate due to travel outside the U.S., medications or medical
conditions, click here or call 1-800-688-0900.
Remember, all lifesaving blood and platelet donations earn Donor Advantage
points redeemable for a wide variety of gifts and gift cards. You can even donate your points to support a charitable
organization. For more information about the Donor Advantage Program, please visit www.mydonoradvantage.com.
Hazard with 9V Batteries
Courtesy of http://www.themotherlist.com/.
A very interesting video was posted at this website about how the improper disposal of a 9volt battery started a fire
which consumed his home. A 9volt battery has both terminals at the top and both of them make contact with metal at the
same time, it could create an electrical fire. Bottom line: when disposing of these batteries, wrap the terminals
with electrical tape.
Start Saving at Age 55
Save as much as 15% off clothing...20% off meals...60% off movie
tickets...and up to 97% off ski lift tickets. It's no secret that some businesses, museums, parks and zoos offer discounts
to seniors. But many shoppers are surprised to discover that they don't necessarily need to be "senior citizens"
to qualify-some of these discounts are available to people who are as young as 55. The wide range of businesses offering senior
discounts may come as a surprise, too. In addition to getting discounts at restaurants and retailers, you might get a discount
on a round of golf, a plumber's services or even a highway toll. But in most cases, you need to know to ask for senior discounts-few
businesses offer them unless they're specifically requested by the customer.
Fifteen opportunities to save, but
always confirm senior discount terms before making a purchase. These discounts might not be available on all merchandise or
services. In some cases, they cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons. Other restrictions might apply as well,
and discount terms might change without warning.
Ace Hardware. Many locations offer a 10% senior
discount every day. Age requirement: 60.
CJ Banks and Christopher & Banks. Women's apparel retailer Christopher
& Banks and women's plus-size apparel retailer CJ Banks offer a 10% senior discount on Wednesdays. Age requirement: 60.
This budget-minded women's wear chain offers senior discounts one day each week at most locations. Details vary by location,
but the typical offer is a 10% discount on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Ask at your local Dressbarn for details. Age requirement:
Varies by location, but sometimes as young as 55.
Goodwill. Goodwill is a nonprofit organization that sells mostly secondhand
apparel, furniture, housewares, books and other merchandise for very reasonable prices. Most locations offer a 10%-to-20%
senior discount on certain days of the week. Ask for details at your local Goodwill. Age requirement: Varies by location,
but often 55.
Hallmark. Most locations offer a 10% senior discount on regularly priced merchandise. At some locations,
this discount is available only one day each week. Age requirement:
Varies by location, but often 55.
The department store chain offers seniors a 15% discount on nonsale merchandise every Wednesday. Age requirement: 60.
discounts are fairly common at mom-and-pop diners and family-style restaurants. Many fast-food chains including Burger King,
Chick-fil-A, Church's Chicken, Dairy Queen, Mrs. Fields Cookies, Subway, TCBY and Wendy's offer seniors discounts or specials,
too-often either 10% off or a bargain-priced beverage. These fast-food senior discounts tend to vary by location within each
chain, so don't assume that the discount you get at one Burger King or Subway will be the same at the one down the road.
House of Pancakes (IHOP). Many locations offer 10% senior discounts and/or special senior menus featuring discounted prices
and smaller portions. Some locations also offer half-price dinners for seniors one night each week. Age requirement: Varies,
but sometimes as young as 55.
Dunkin' Donuts. Many locations offer seniors reduced prices on coffee and other beverages.
Some offer 10% off the entire purchase. Age requirement: Varies by location, but sometimes as young as 55.
Pollo Loco. This chain specializing in grilled chicken and Mexican entrées offers a 10% senior discount. Age requirement:
Varies by location, but often 55.
Golfing. Many public and private golf courses offer senior discounts.
These discounts occasionally are restricted to weekday hours when most nonretirees are working. Savings
can be as much
as 20% to 50%.
Skiing. Ski slopes often offer senior discounts on lift tickets and season passes. Discounts typically
are available starting at age 60 or 65, but the savings might increase with age. By age 70 or 80, you might be able
to ski virtually for free. UNEXPECTED SAVINGS
New Jersey E-ZPass. Drivers age 65 and older who sign up for a New Jersey
E-ZPass account can fill out a special form to receive discounts on certain New Jersey highway and Delaware River crossing
tolls. You don't have to be a New Jersey resident to sign up for a New Jersey E-ZPass. The discount often is 10% and sometimes
is restricted to offpeak
hours. For details, visit EZPassNJ.com, select "E-ZPass Information," then "Plan
Descriptions." Scroll down to the "Senior Citizens Discount Plan" section.
and veterinarians. Many municipal and private pet-adoption facilities offer discounted or free spaying or neutering for pets
adopted by seniors. Some veterinarians offer senior discounts as well-that is, discounts for older pet owners, not for
older pets. Call local vets' offices to ask if such discounts are available.
Plumbers, heating/air-conditioning contractors
and landscapers. An increasing number of local home-care professionals have begun offering senior discounts. Check your local
Yellow Pages in search of ads mentioning senior discounts. Or enter the type of service provider you require, your city or
region, and the phrase "senior discount" into an
online search engine to see if anything comes up.
David Smidt, founder and president of SeniorDiscounts.com, a Web site based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that tracks discounts
available to people age 50 and older.
Reaping What We Sow?
Consider these words:
have been the recipients of the choicest bounties in heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity;
we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have
forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly
imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all things were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace,
too proud to pray to the God that made us."
Now consider that
Lincoln's warning was about 150 years ago! I ask you: Have things gotten better or worse since we have eliminated God
from our society? Please pray every day for the salvation of this country. May God have mercy on us and continue
to bless the United States of America.