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Susan Tompor: Fake Facebook fundraiser shocks family with cancer diagnosis

Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press on

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Amy Nofziger, AARP director of fraud victim support, said those who have been hacked like this need to contact the social media company where an account is being misrepresented or hacked and contact the local police department to make a report.

"Nothing gets the attention of some of these social media companies like a police report," she said.

By filing a police report, she said, the victim also has proof in hand to say that a fraud was reported just in case someone accuses the victim of starting the fake fundraiser.

Nofziger said she hears of Facebook scams every single day. Con artists pretend to post great deals on social media for shoes, car seats or vacations. Or they might claim to have access to $30,000 in federal grant money. All to collect your ID information and cash.

"Anyone can really create who they want to be and do really what they want to do," Nofziger said.

It's best to directly go to the person who appears to be needing money, perhaps to cover medical bills, and express your concern. Ask what you can do to help that person.

 

If they say they don't know what you're talking about, Nofziger said, you can inform your friend or family member that there's a scammer out there.

Some signs of charity scams

Nofziger said people need to be reminded to do what they're comfortable doing.

If they're asked to give gift cards or send money via Bitcoin, for example, such payment forms can be signs of a scam. Never give a stranger your bank account number and routing number.

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