Police Warn Internet Users of Money Scams - KTEN.com - No One Gets You Closer

Police Warn Internet Users of Money Scams

Posted:

ARDMORE, OK -- A world wide issue has Texoman’s worried, after an Ardmore woman was scammed into giving away hundreds of dollars.

"If it seems too good to be true it probably is," Ardmore resident Riley Collin says.

Riley Collins says she can’t scroll through Facebook without seeing some type of post or ad that insists she's just one click away from becoming a millionaire.

"We all get on social media and click on ads because they seem enticing and all this kind of stuff and people don't want to make their own money so they try to scam us," Collins says.

As of this year, the social media network, Facebook has had 1,700,000,000 active users online.

And Facebook reports that out of those 2,000,000,000 profiles, nearly 10% are fake or false accounts.

And now those scammers may be closer than you think.

"Social media is just a new outlet for criminals, I mean they get on there just like we do to talk to our families, they use them for criminal intentions instead of good intentions," Ardmore Police Captain Keith Ingle says.

Ardmore police say a local woman was scammed into sending $400 to a profile she found on Facebook.

She was promised $100,000 if she sent a money gram to an anonymous user.

"I think it's a shame that people try to take advantage of other people," Ardmore resident Denise Crittendon says.

Police say to avoid being another victim, make sure to always protect your personal information and do not provide anything in response to an email or a pop up.

"It basically just goes back to, if it’s too good to be true, it usually is," Captain Ingle says.