Green Dot raises red flag

ELKINS – A power company representative is warning customers about a scam involving pre-paid debit cards.

Mon Power spokesman Todd Meyers said Wednesday he “received a call from the West Virginia State Police that seven or eight businesses have reported a utility scam.”

Meyers said an individual called the businesses and identified himself as Michael Duran, and possibly other names that officials believe to be false. He reportedly told the businesses that he represents Mon Power and their accounts were hundreds of dollars overdue.

The customers were told they had to pay their bill immediately using Green Dot – a pre-paid debit card available at most convenience stores – or their services will be shut off within hours, Meyers said. They were instructed to read the serial number from the back of the card, which enabled the individual running the scam to immediately gain access to the money.

“Mon Power does not use Green Dot,” Meyer said. “It is not impossible to get a call from Mon Power but it would not (involve) Green Dot. Termination of service will have more than one notice and goes over days, not hours.”