Maryland small businesses target of utilities scam

Date: October 31, 2018

Businesses in Maryland are being scammed by thieves posing as representatives of utilities companies.

Small businesses in Maryland are falling victim to a phone scam that utilizes Green Dot prepaid cards.

Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has warned small business owners across the state to be wary of scam callers posing as utility companies saying the businesses owe money and will soon lose service if they don’t pay by loading money onto a Green Dot card, a type of prepaid credit card, according to the Baltimore Patch.

“No legitimate business or utility will call and ask you to make a payment using a Green Dot card,” said Frosh in a press release. “This is a scam, pure and simple. Don’t become a victim; just hang-up if you receive a suspicious call.”

Unfortunately, for those who have fallen victim to this scam, authorities say it is next to impossible to recover funds that have been given away through the Green Dot card. Potential losses from this scam range from small amounts of money to potentially losing the entire business itself. For this reason, anyone who has received a suspicious phone call like the kind described, are  advised to hang up and contact the Maryland Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 410-528-8662 to report it.

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