Green Dot users be warned. Green Dot users are being hunted by cybercriminals and hackers which want to make some fast money via Green Dot scams. The scammers, hackers and cybercriminals have setup various websites which lure unaware users with fancy and “must have” claims.
Green Dot card scammers
The scammers will not directly ask for the credentials of Green Dot users, the scammers will first create an environment which will trick the Green Dot user into believing that he/she is on a genuine website / environment.
Once the scammer has won the trust of the Green Dot card user, the scammer will claim that the Green Dot card user has to purchase something in order to validate that they are a genuine Green Dot user.
It is in the “small” purchase procedure which the Green Dot card user gets scammed. In this procedure the scammer will steal the credentials which are used to pay with the Green Dot card.
Green Dot card hackers
The hackers will perform more aggressive methods to gain Green Dot card credentials. These hackers will target genuine webshops and website which they will infect with code that will steal credentials of all the clients (victims) which use the webshop and the Green Dot card.
Green Dot card cybercriminals
The difference between hackers and cybercriminals is the fact that the cybercriminals work in gangs and are often part of a organized crime network. These crime networks will deploy physical and digital environments to steal Green Dot card credentials.
How to identify fake Green Dot card environments
The fastest way to identify if an online environment is malicious, is by using the VirusTotal service. On the Virustotal website, you can submit a URL / domain and it will check if it contains malware or suspicious code.
The second step is to look for the contact information.
But we strongly urge you to take a look at the domain, and make sure that you can see HTTPS. HTTPS is a secured protocol which verifies that the website you are on, is actually the website you wish to visit.
If you do not see the “green” HTTPS protocol in front of the domain, I strongly urge you NOT to perform a transaction via that site.
Please share this information, and always double check the website if you are going to make an online transaction.