Beware of Crooks Using Venmo for Fraud

Venmo is a popular mobile payment app that allows users to send and receive money quickly and easily. However, this convenience has also made Venmo a target for fraudsters.

There are a number of ways that crooks can use Venmo to commit fraud. One common scam is to create a fake Venmo account and then send requests for money to unsuspecting users. The requests may appear to be from someone the victim knows, such as a friend or family member. Once the victim sends the money, the scammer disappears with the funds.

Another scam involves using Venmo to buy items that don’t exist. The scammer will create a listing for an item that is in high demand, such as a rare collectible or a concert ticket. Once the victim pays for the item, the scammer will either block the victim or simply disappear.

In some cases, crooks may even use Venmo to steal personal information from victims. This information can then be used to commit identity theft or other crimes.

To protect yourself from Venmo fraud, there are a few things you can do:

  • Only send money to people you know and trust.
  • Be wary of any Venmo requests that seem suspicious.
  • Never send money to someone who you haven’t met in person.
  • Check the Venmo profile of anyone you’re considering sending money to.
  • Only use Venmo for legitimate transactions.

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