Another woman comes forward with MoneyPak card breach

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – They're called Green Dot MoneyPak cards. They're reloadable debit cards and available everywhere…including Wal-Mart.

They're typically for people who don't have or want bank accounts, and they can be used to pay your phone, cable or credit card bills.

Tuesday, we told you about a woman who say her income tax refund was stolen right off her Wal-Mart Green Dot Card, and now, other Wal-Mart shoppers say it's happened to them too.

Just because they look like a debit card doesn't mean they have the same protection.

School nurse Becky Kombrink uses her Wal-Mart money card like a checking account. Last month, she says just after depositing her entire paycheck to the card, the money was stolen through a series of unauthorized withdraws.

"They're all 'Queen, New York," she said. "I called the card right away and said 'I'm not in Queens. Where did my money go?"

Despite the breaches, a Wal-Mart spokesperson insists their system is safe. And says they are actually cases of individual identity theft: with commons cards merely a coincidence. But the company is promising, in cases like Kombrink's, to refund any fraudulent withdrawals.

"That is good, but I think they need to still investigate it further," she said.

Wal-Mart says it's investigating on a larger scale, and trying to expedite these individual cases to get the women their money back.

Though the Better Business Bureau says it's not guaranteed with these kinds of money cards, this is something Wal-Mart is offering to do.


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