Experts warn of scammers on mobile payment apps


It’s easier than ever to digitally send and receive money right from your smartphone — the trouble is, scammers know this, too.

With more people using digital payment apps like Venmo or Zelle, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning people about scams involving the apps.

“You get a random, out-of-the-blue message from a friend asking you to send them the money. Maybe they’re saying they ran out of money for groceries or they need gas, and they’re asking you for some money,” said Ashley Gibbard, marketing coordinator for the Better Business Bureau. “You’re thinking you’re helping a friend, but what’s really happening is the scammer is spoofing their account … taking their profile picture, making a username that looks similar but isn’t quite right.”


The BBB says scam artists are taking profiles out of public feeds and spoofing them, or fraudulently recreating them. If you take a close look, you’ll see the…

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