PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Greensburg lady feels duped after falling for a social media provide that she’s now calling “too good to be true.”
It began when a buddy reached out to her on Instagram and requested her to put money into cryptocurrency.
“You don’t must put so much into it, and also you get this obscene return, which is what I knew wasn’t actual, however I wished it to be actual. I wished it to be actual so dangerous,” Natasha Reyna mentioned.
Reyna believes it might occur to anybody and mentioned she noticed greenback indicators when a message popped up on Instagram.
“I used to be like $200, and that’s some huge cash,” mentioned Reyna. “However on the identical time, like somewhat a part of my mind was like, oh, my God, what if that is legit?”
Reyna mentioned the buddy requested her to purchase $200 price of cryptocurrency utilizing Money App, saying she’d see an enormous return on her cash.
“Like $4,700,” mentioned Reyna. “I might pay my payments, my automotive off.”
The Higher Enterprise Bureau mentioned it’s a rip-off that’s tripled in recognition. Cybercriminals are so superior that they now hack into an unsuspecting individual’s account and goal their mates.
“It was somebody that she had met a handful of instances however didn’t have plenty of direct contact with,” mentioned Caitlin Driscoll with the Higher Enterprise Bureau. “However she was an legal professional, so she trusted her, and it appeared somewhat bit extra believable as to being legit.”
Reyna mentioned the individual even gave her a hyperlink to observe her $200 develop into extra. However then got here a purple flag.
“I used to be like, ‘Okay, I would like my cash,’” she mentioned. “I used to be like, ‘Now, gimme it. I wish to withdraw this.’ And so they had been like, ‘No, you must reinvest $1,500.’”
Reyna stopped there and known as the BBB. However Driscoll mentioned many individuals maintain giving the scammers cash. She’s monitoring 2,400 complaints totaling losses of $8 million.
“Cryptocurrency scams had been recognized because the second-riskiest rip-off final yr, a major improve from the seventh spot the yr prior,” mentioned Driscoll.
Reyna feels fortunate to solely be out $200, however she gained’t make investments once more with out doing her analysis.
“That’s what makes folks drawn to it as a result of it’s the unknown,” mentioned Reyna. “It might both like be actually good or actually dangerous, and I believe for those who’re gonna do this it’s best to actually educate your self on what precisely you’re investing in.”
The Higher Enterprise Bureau advised KDKA that the majority victims lose about $1,200 in these cryptocurrency scams.
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Driscoll recommends folks trying to put money into crypto solely obtain apps from the Google Play or Apple App shops and never click on the hyperlinks that pop up throughout a routine Google search.