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Pepco Warns of Green Dot Visa Scam

So far 22 customers have been contacted about the scam.

If you get a call from someone claiming to represent utilities company Pepco and they offer you a prepaid Green Dot Visa, beware. It's probably a scam, according to an MSBNC story.

The callers claim to represent Pepco and tell customers that they need to make a payment by purchashing a Green Dot Visa card, according to the MSNBC report. The caller then directs the customer to another number where the info is obtained and the monetary value taken from the Green Dot Visa, the MSNBC story said.

So far 22 people have been contacted about the bogus Visa cards.

Jay Levy January 14, 2012 at 01:54 AM
This piece is quite unclear as to how the scammer profits. Also the use of "utilities" in the lede is wrong since only one utility is cited.
Uncle Pete January 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Mr Jay....what is your definition of "lede"? See, mistakes can be made. Or, maybe the use of "utilities" is correct because Pepco represents more than one household. Does Pepco deliver more than just electricity?
Jay Levy January 14, 2012 at 11:12 PM
FYI Uncle Pete, the word "lede" is used in journalism to describe the opening paragraph of a story. The word "graf" is used instead of paragraph and the word "cutline" is used instead of caption. These three insider words are used all the time by jornalists.
Uncle Pete January 15, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Thanks, I feel so much better.
Andrew February 24, 2012 at 02:14 PM
The way they profit they get you to veifiey your account with all the info you give them your ss number etc. And get real visa cards for themseves
Geoff Easley May 10, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I used to work as a sales manager for Kum & Go in Bentonville, Ark and I got fired for accidently falling for the same thing almost 2 months ago. The fact that this is still going on is quite frightening. No matter how legit it seems, question it.

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