80-year-old victim loses $4,000 from scam

Updated: December 11, 2019 11:01 AM
Created: December 11, 2019 11:00 AM

(ABC 6 News) - An 80-year-old Rochester woman is out $4,000 from a scam just before the holidays, police say.

Earlier this month, police say the woman was messaged on Facebook by a friend (which police now believe is actually a fake account) that she recently received a $200,000 IMF grant, and that the victim could get one herself.


This “friend” said all she had to do was connect with IMF and pay a $4,000 fee to get the money.

Police aren’t sure how the victim got in touch with IMF, but believe it may have been from a hyperlink or phone call.

The victim sent $4,000 in cash to an address, but couldn’t recall that address, according to Captain Casey Moilanen.

The victim was contacted again by IMF, telling her they received her money, but that they now needed an additional $5,500, Moilanen said.

The victim then reportedly went to her bank to take out the additional money, but the bank told her they thought she may be falling victim to a scam, declined to give her the money and offered to call the police.

The victim called a friend, who said it sounded like a scam, and she called the police on Tuesday, Moilanen said.

The victim let the officer onto her Facebook account to look at the messages she received from this “friend” and because of grammatical errors and the fact that the account was recently opened, Moilanen said they believe it was a fake account and not really the woman’s friend.

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