• Target 11: Facebook scam costing users hundreds of dollars

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    PITTSBURGH - A scam making its way around social media sites including Facebook and Instagram is costing some users their hard-earned money.

    Target 11 talked to one man who fell for the scam, and he is now warning others to be cautious.

    Christopher Jones said he saw a post on Facebook telling people they could make up to $300 a day.

    “People like it and they comment on it, and that's how they reel the person in,” said Jones.

    After being told to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak card, which has a variety of uses including adding money to a PayPal account, Jones loaded $500 to the card.

    Jones was then asked over the phone to disclose the 14-digit card number after being told the balance would be increased. He did so, and after being on hold for 10 minutes, the person on the other end of the phone hung up, never contacted Jones again and left him out $500.

    Financial experts advise people to never give out card numbers to people they don’t know.


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