- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says criminals are increasingly turning to items such as Green Dot MoneyPak cards as a means to steal.

Criminals trick consumers into believing that sweepstakes winnings await, that they can avoid jail time or they can pay their overdue utility bills with payments from these types of cards. Once criminals have the number from the back of the card, it’s almost impossible for a consumer to ever recover money.

McDaniel issued a consumer alert this week to warn Arkansans about potential scams and to offer tips on how to avoid fraud when using MoneyPak or similar products.

For more information, visit the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division website, www.GotYourBackArkansas.org , or call (800) 482-8982.

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