The New York State Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection is warning the public about card popping scams that target military personnel and their families. Consumers receive a message through social media asking if they want to earn thousands of dollars by letting a “friend” deposit money into your bank account, while in reality, the scammers gain access to your bank account.
Scammers, posing as officials from USAA or other military credit unions typically contact consumers through social media platforms, such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to build a relationship. Once trust has been established, the scammer offers to help the consumers make money, while in exchange requesting that the consumers provide personal information to use to effectuate receipt of the fraudulent check.
The scammers typically ask for banking information, such as your bank card number and PIN or your credit card information. Once the consumer receives the check and deposits the money into their account, the scammer asks for a portion of the money back to be sent over wire transfer. Days later after the untraceable wire transfer is complete, the consumer realizes that the check was fraudulent and that they have sent their own personal money to a scammer.
The New York State Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection is offering these tips to help keep you and your family safe: