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Police warn of debit card scam

Police warn of debit card scam

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MOUNT PLEASANT — The Mount Pleasant Police Department is warning residents about unsolicited Green Dot debit cards they may have received in the mail.

Police warn these cards are “very real.” According to police, someone had to supply your name, address and social security number in order to obtain this “permanent” card, and thereby committed an identity theft.

A Green Dot card is a reloadable debit card that can be purchased locally at places like Walmart, CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens. They can also be purchased online. When one of these “temporary cards” is purchased, the owner can apply online or via phone for a “name embossed” Green Dot card, which looks identical to a standard Visa or MasterCard debit card. It is accented everywhere a normal Visa or MasterCard is accepted.

Citizens are receiving these “permanent”/name-embossed Green Dot debit cards in the mail. The mailing is from Green Dot Bank in Pasadena, Calif.

If you receive an unsolicited “permanent” Green Dot card, police advise you do the following:

  • Contact the Mount Pleasant Police Department to report the ID theft (262-886-2300).
  • Contact Green Dot Bank customer service at 866-795-7597.
  • Do not call the number to activate the card.
  • You will have to supply the last 4 digits of your social security number, as it was used to set up the account.
  • Close any and all accounts with your name at Green Dot Bank.
  • Destroy the card.
  • If you have not filed your 2014 Federal Tax Return, contact the ID Identity Theft Hotline at 800-908-4490 and report that you have been a victim of ID theft.
  • Notify all of your financial institutions (i.e. banks, credits unions, etc.).
  • Contact one of the three credit bureaus listed below and place your credit account on “fraud alert.” (Give them your Mount Pleasant Police Case Number to ensure they will get a 90 day fraud alert protection).

Equifax: 800-525-6285

Experian: 888-397-3742

TransUnion: 800-680-7289

  • Have the credit bureaus file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission on their website at

  • , or via phone at 877-438-4338.

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