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Assemblyman Hawley warns utility customers about scam - 'Green Dot MoneyPak Card'

Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is warning his constituents of an emerging scam being perpetrated on customers of New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E).

The scam involves a person claiming to be a NYSEG or RG&E representative calling customers and threatening them with service cancellation unless they buy a "Green Dot MoneyPak Card."

Once purchased, the scammer uses the card.

“Customers of NYSEG and RG&E need to be on guard for scammers soliciting the Green Dot MoneyPak Card. If you get one of these calls, do not buy the card and contact the Federal Trade Commission and your local police to let them know the issue,” Hawley said.

“If you have fallen victim to the scheme, you may be able to get your money back by contacting Green Dot MoneyPak and deactivating the card before the scammer uses it.”

Scam victims who want to get their money back can do so by going to https://www.moneypak.com/Help.aspx and clicking “I would like a refund of my MoneyPak.” However, this will not work if the scammer has already spent your money.

Raymond Richardson
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Joined: Aug 18 2012

He's a day late and dollar short.

This came out several days ago on News10NBC.

Jeff Allen
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Joined: Jun 5 2009

He's right on time for anyone who doesn't watch News10NBC

Brian Graz
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Joined: Sep 18 2010

Just another reason to use an intermediary supplier like NOCO.

BTW, why didn't Assemblyman Hawley post this on his Facebook page???

Mark Potwora
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Joined: May 14 2008

The question should be it what is Mr.Hawley and his cronies in Albany doing to stop these type of scams....

Ed Hartgrove
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Joined: Dec 20 2012

You could ask Mr. Hawley, by email, what they are doing about scams like this.
He has a form for questions at http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Stephen-Hawley/contact/

John Roach
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Joined: May 29 2008

Mark, the scams are already illegal, so there is not much they can do other than alert the public when they can.

Mark Potwora
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Joined: May 14 2008

Robbery is illegal also but the State goes after and arrests those committing the crime..My point about Hawley is what is the State doing to stop these scams .Are they arresting any of these scammers .John you make it sound like they is nothing they can do to stop this in the first place..Expect warn me..

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