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Posted on: February 9, 2024

Be Aware of Mobile Payment Scams

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There have been recent reports of scams in which donations were solicited in person via mobile payment apps (Venmo, Zelle, Apple Pay, etc.) in which offenders were able to gain access to a victim's mobile phone to send significantly more money to their own accounts than the intended donation amount. Whenever possible, avoid making donations of this type, and never let someone unknown to you handle your phone, especially when you have mobile payment apps or banking information open.

If you have been the victim of this type of scam, the Federal Trade Commission offers advice on next steps to report the scam and attempt to recuperate the funds

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