October 20, 2021
Business

The Gilmer Mirror – Don t Send Money to Fake Friends on Venmo

When a friend or family member is stuck in a bad situation and urgently needs money, you should help them out, right? Not if they are a scammer pulling this new con. Always double-check before sending money to a friend in need.

How the Scam Works

You get an out-of-the-blue Venmo request from a friend who needs money. Perhaps your friend has lost their wallet and needs to buy groceries. Could you send a couple hundred dollars to tide them over?  

It sounds like a reasonable request. And it looks legitimate too. The message comes from an account using – what seems to be – your friend’s username and profile photo. But if you look closer, you notice that the name is a character or two off from their real Venmo account.

Scammers are taking advantage of generous friends by changing their username and profile pictures to impersonate real app users. Using the…

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