Money transfer apps: Common scams and how to avoid them


Mobile payment or money transfer apps are a convenient way to send and receive money.

As they are increasing in popularity, more scams are happening. Here is information on common scams and how to avoid them.

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How do mobile payment apps work?

Venmo, Cash App, and PayPal are all mobile payment apps. They allow you to send and receive money through your smartphone, or online. After downloading the app and creating an account you will have to select a payment method or source of funds. This can be a bank account, debit card, or credit card.

Once the account has been set up you will be able to send and receive money. However, when someone sends money, it does not go directly into your bank account. The money gets added to your balance on the app. The money can sit there for later use or you can transfer it into your bank account.

Common scams

Right now there are a few scams circulating on…

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