Dear Business Owners,
The Boston Police Department is alerting businesses to an emerging scam targeting business owners in the South End Neighborhood (District 4) of Boston.
BPD has received several reports from victims who state an unknown male caller, claiming to be an employee of NStar, asking that businesses pay their utility bill (often up to $1,000) with a Green Dot MoneyPak card. The caller says failure to pay will result in the power to the establishment being shut off. The caller further instructs business owners to purchase a MoneyPak card in the specified amount and then provide the numbers to him for payment. In some cases the suspect identifies himself as, John Aderson and appears to have called from (866)343-5288.
Money Pak cards, also known as Green dot cards, can be purchased at convince stores such as (CVS, Kmart, & Wal-Mart) and loaded in any dollar amount up to $1,000. Once the card is loaded, it can be used as a credit card. Like money wire transfers, these transactions are untraceable. These cards are not associated with any bank, meaning that the money is on the card. Users of Green Dot MoneyPak cards are reminded to never give anyone the numbers on the cards; doing so provides instant access to the funds with no ability to get it back. .
Business owners should be mindful, companies such as NStar, do not ask for this form of payment. If any person or company calls to ask for payment to be made specifically with these cards, the Boston Police Dept. recommends you do not comply and immediately report the incident to your local police and the company the caller claims to represent. If you have been victimized by this type of crime, you may also report the incident to 1-800-GREEN DOT (have your MoneyPak and receipt for reference.)
Anyone with information related to the recent scam is asked to contact District 4 Detectives 617-343-5619.
Community members wishing to assist in the investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). (Messaging and data rates may apply.) The Boston Police Department will strictly guard and protect the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous.