Single-use prepaid cards new choice of con artists

MoneyPak and Vanilla Reload

For decades, the payment method of choice for scammers looking to collect money from victims has been through a wire transfer, like those provided by Western Union or Moneygram. Victims wire the money from one location to another—sometimes even overseas—and criminals get away with untraceable cash. But recently, experts are noting a shift. In 2014, for the first time in years, single-use prepaid cards—like Green Dot’s MoneyPak, InComm’s Vanilla Reload, Blackhawk’s Reloadit and Bancorp’s NetSpend—have bumped wire transfers as the way most consumers are losing money to scammers.

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Tracking Food Fraud

For decades, NCL has tracked trends about the Internet and telemarketing scams plaguing consumers through its Fraud Center and Fraud.org. But there's another kind of fraud on the rise, and you'll find it in your grocery store: food fraud.