Coinstar Fraud Alert
Scammers are constantly changing their tactics in an effort to con victims out of their money. Here’s how the latest scam works: An acquaintance, whose Facebook account was most likely hacked, sends you a Facebook message claiming he had just won a lottery and that you, too, won the same lottery.
You are instructed to contact a specific “attorney” to claim the prize money.
The “attorney” tells you that in order to receive your winnings, you need to pay a $450 delivery fee. (I know, you’ve heard about this scam.
Keep reading for the new twist on the old scam.) The “attorney” tells you to withdraw $450 in cash from your bank account, deposit the money into a Coinstar kiosk, then convert the balance to crypto-currency via “CoinMe.”
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The “attorney” instructs you to send them photos of the crypto-currency receipt, along with additional personal identifying information so that the winnings could be sent to you.
As soon as you send a photo of your crypto-currency receipt, your money is gone. Not only are you out $450, but you also are conned into giving up your personal identifying information, so you are probably going to become a victim of identity theft.
Please always take a moment to think before sending money to someone you don’t know or providing anyone with your personal identifying information.
If you did not enter a lottery, then there is no way you can win a lottery. If someone is requiring you to pay taxes or fees in order to claim a prize, then it is most likely a scam.
If you do not initiate contact, such as to your bank, and the person you are communicating with asks for your personal identifying information, it is a scam.