Police in Miami Township, Ohio, are warning residents of a phishing scam on social media that has robbed at least one victim of $4,500.
Investigators say criminals used Facebook to steal the $4,500 from a 75-year-old woman. The scam was in the form of a Facebook message from a friend that led the woman to believe she had just won a $200,000 lottery, except the person on the other end wasn’t her friend.
Beware of fake Facebook messages that appear to be from friends
‘This message said that she was eligible to win $200,000 as long as she sent $750,’ said Sgt. Paul Nienhaus of the Miami Township Police Department.
After the victim sent money, she was prompted to send even more.
‘Each went to a different state one went to Pennsylvania one went to Florida,’ Nienhaus said.
Police say the victim’s friend’s Facebook account had been hacked.
‘Oh it’s extremely frustrating; It’s as frustrating for us as it is the families,’ Nienhaus said