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Scams & Fraud

Curt, a Granite Stater who lives up north, was in the market for a used tractor for personal use. He decided to look at Facebook Marketplace. After searching for a bit, Curt found one listing that perfectly matched what he was looking for. He was thrilled! Using the chat feature, he contacted the seller to inquire about the price of the tractor as it was so low.
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The first person had $501,000 stolen in the scheme. The next one was defrauded out of $150,000, and the third lost $129,000.
If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam!
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In a “Phantom Hacker” scam, a scammer calls, texts, or e-mails a victim posing as a computer technician and falsely tells the victim that the victim’s computer or other electronic device has a virus or has been hacked. The scammer tells the victim that the victim’s financial accounts are at risk. A scammer’s accomplice will then pose as an official from either a financial or government institution and convince the victim to move money from the financial accounts that are allegedly at risk in order to “protect the funds.” Often, the scammer has the victim transfer the victim’s funds into an account the scammer promises is safe, but in reality, is controlled by the scammer. In another variation, the scammer has the victim purchase valuable items, such as gold, and sends a courier to pick up these items from the victim’s home for “safekeeping.”
While education is critical to combatting fraud, we can’t educate our way out of the fraud crisis.
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