Green Dot Card Scam

Fairfax County Police Department
Public Information Office
4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Va. 22030
703-246-2253. TTY 703-204-2264. Fax 703-246-4253
News Release: 12/034/0132/LHC
February 3, 2012


Green Dot Card Scam

            A 70-year-old Burke-area woman answered her phone this week and the caller told the woman she’d won 3.5 million dollars and a brand new Mercedes. But there was a catch. The woman was instructed to purchase Green Dot payment cards and provide the caller with the account numbers.

            The woman purchased $13,000 of the Green Dot cards and provided the numbers to him; along with her social security number, date of birth and other private information as she was instructed.

            By the time a caring relative discovered what had happened, it was too late and the victim lost much of her money. The Green Dot cards are pre-paid, loadable cards similar to other brands of credit and debit cards. Detectives caution that these scams are not isolated to any particular financial institution.

            This is another in a series of scams Financial Crimes Unit detectives are seeing in Fairfax County and across the region. Unfortunately, as with many of these scams, once money is wired or sent away, there is very little that can be done to recover the funds. Detectives are committed to providing education and information on some of these schemes and ruses to the public. To learn more, or to report an incident, visit the Financial Crime Online Reporting site of the FCPD website at Since the online site went live in October 2011, over 1,200 crimes have been reported.

             To request a group presentation on the topic of schemes or financial crimes contact Lucy Caldwell, Public Information Office at 703-246-3271.


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