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York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Warns Public about Zelle Scam

YPSO wants people to be aware of a phone scam that uses the cash app Zelle. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of Unsplash)

YORK COUNTY — The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office (YPSO) is wanting the public to be aware of a phone scam that uses the cash transfer app Zelle to steal money.

YPSO received two reports of the scam on Jan. 11.

In one incident, the scammer told the victim that they were from the Wells Fargo Bank fraud department. They asked the victim if they authorized a $3,500 transfer to Zelle. The scammers then instructed the victim to use the app to transfer the money back to their bank account.

In the second report, the victim was contacted by someone claiming to work for eBay. The scammer asked for the victim’s personal and banking information. Afterwards, someone tried to transfer funds from the victim’s bank account to a Zelle account.

“Don’t become a victim,” YPSO officials stated. “If you know the call doesn’t seem right, just hang up. Some people have even received text messages. Just don’t respond to them.”

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