have taken the complaint of a resident who fell victim to a loan scam
purportedly recommended to her by a family member via Facebook messenger.
Unknown to the
victim, the family member’s Facebook account had been hacked.
police, on April 17 the resident received a Facebook message supposedly from
her sister-in-law directing her to a website link which would assist her “in
receiving free money from a federal assistance TCF program.”
the victim, her sister-in-law’s account had been hacked “and she was
communicating with an unknown person(s),” police said.
accordingly followed the link and made contact with a person who identified
herself as “Cathy Reed,” the director of the program. “Cathy Reed”
subsequently informed the victim that she had been “approved” by the board
of directors to receive $70,000 for a “small processing fee” of $750 and
needed only to purchase seven $100 eBay gift cards and one $50 card.
The resident did so
but, becoming suspicious, contacted her brother this time by Facebook
messenger to ask whether perhaps her sister-in-law’s account been hacked.
Her brother promptly confirmed that his wife’s account indeed had been
hacked and suggested that the victim forward him the codes for the cards and
that he would reimburse her with cash.
The victim did
forward him the codes, only to discover that her brother’s Facebook account
had also been hacked.
There are no
suspects at this time.