A FAMILY lost $1,000 to a new scam in the Cash App that is warning others not to make the same mistake.
Carrie Peters from Omaha fell victim to scammers who stole money she was planning to spend on Christmas.
In one 6 Newsletter, Peters explains: “Yes, this Christmas is going to be painful because we spent that money on two specific things.”
She got a call from a number she thought was her bank and realized too late that it was a scammer running a Cash App scam.
Cash App says it uses “enhanced security features” to protect your funds, but scammers are always looking for new ways to cheat through your security.
The phone call Peters received was from a scammer claiming that an unauthorized purchase had been made from her bank account.
The scammer is said to have cloned the Wells Fargo bank number so that the victim is lulled into a false sense of security when the call is received.
Peters then received a message saying she had deposited $1,000 through the Zelle Cash App.
She was surprised by this and texted back “STOP”.
Jim Hegarty, President and CEO of Better business room, told 6 News: “It looks like the trigger that gave these scammers access was that she responded to the text message.”
It took a few seconds for the scammers to get $1,000 from Peters’ bank account.
She said she notified Well Fargo of the fraud but has yet to receive any reimbursement.
The bank is said to be reviewing her claim.
Cybercriminals often conduct more scams around the festive period, when they know people are stressed and preoccupied with spending Christmas.
Always be skeptical that your bank is texting or ringing you.
You’re better off putting your phone down, finding the official number, and calling back to verify everything is fine with your account.
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