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…