BBB Scam Alert: Don’t send money to fake friends on Venmo – The Independent

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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.

BBB Scam Alert: Don’t send money to fake friends on Venmo

Salt Lake City, UT — 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…

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