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Facebook scam targets deaf people

Man loses five figure sum

Thursday 25 July
Facebook scam targets deaf people

July 25 at 07:30

Deaf people are being targeted in a scam which has seen a Fife man lose a five figure sum.

The ‘advance fee fraud’ starts with a message from a hacked Facebook account claiming that an allowance is being given by the Government and Deaf Commission Action on Hearing Loss to deaf people.

The poster tells the fraud target that their name is on a winners list and that they have won £120,000 and a laptop. In order to claim the prize they have to send personal information and pay a sum of money up-front through a money transfer service.

The scam continues with delays and excuses as to why more money needs to be sent and this goes on until the victim becomes suspicious and finally discovers they have been defrauded.

PC Shirley Buttercase, equalities officer with Fife Division, said, "This is a despicable fraud aimed at vulnerable members of our society which plays on their disability and the trust they place in others.

"It is a variation of a type of fraud which goes on all the time and our advice is always never to engage in anything which asks for money up-front and if something sounds too good to be true, it almost always is.

"I would urge anyone who is targeted by this type of fraud, or knows of a Deaf person, to be alert to this fraud and if they suspect anything is amiss to contact us on 101 or send information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."


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