W.Va. Attorney General Warns of Social Media Scam

By: West Virginia AP Email
By: West Virginia AP Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning West Virginians about a scam that's being perpetrated on social media accounts.

Morrisey says many residents have asked his office whether offers to give them thousands of dollars are legitimate. They're not.

According to the attorney general, the messages typically appear to come from friends or acquaintances saying they just received a large sum of money from a federal agent representing an empowerment program. The messages encourage the reader to click on a link and add the agent as a friend. It then offers to provide $50,000 to $150,000 in exchange for a $1,000 to $3,000 shipping fee paid via a wire transfer service.

Morrisey says consumers should be wary of free money offers that come out of nowhere or require an upfront fee.

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