SALISBURY — An 81-year-old Salisbury man was scammed out of $2,000 by way of Fb messages, however police investigators stated it might’ve been a lot worse.
The person was advised his niece obtained a grant, however the particular person messaging wanted extra info from the person to assist course of the paperwork. The person willingly handed over the requested info which included an image of his driver’s license and his social safety quantity. The person additionally bought 4 Nike reward playing cards, every for $500, in accordance with Salisbury Police detective Russ DeSantis.
The scammers then requested the person for $35,000, which he declined to pay and known as the police.
DeSantis stated all these scams — by way of Fb, different social media website, telephone name, letter or e mail — happen very often. He warned residents about offering personal info to strangers. He beneficial residents contact the member of the family and even contact legislation enforcement if they’re not sure.
“Confirm info earlier than you give out private info,” DeSantis stated.
He stated no legit grant program or comparable operation would ask for fee within the type of reward playing cards.
Anybody who believes they’ve been the sufferer of a rip-off ought to contact the police division at 704-638-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.