Arnold police are investigating an Internet scam that cost a 71-year-old Arnold woman $689.92. The woman said she received an unsolicited email while repairing computers and then sent money for these services, which was not given, police reported.
The woman said she received the email on February 25 and sent the money using Zelle, a banking app that allows bank customers to send money via mobile phone. He said he realized the next day that the email might be a scam, the report said.
Detective Lt. Jeremy Christopher said on March 1 the case is under investigation. He said the case may be forwarded to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center after Arnold Police complete their investigation.
Christopher said people should be careful about using mobile banking applications to send money.
“These digital payment services are another way for fraudsters to come up with scams,” he said. “The important thing is to know who you are sending the money to. If it’s a source, you have second thoughts about it, don’t send that money. You should call the company to confirm what you are paying for. Many of the problems with digital payment methods are that people find ways to log into them and send money to their accounts. ”