MAGEE, Miss. (WJTV) – Scammers are targeting people who are deaf and blind, or anyone with a disability through social media.
“If it’s too good to be true, it usually is”, said Johnnie Coley who was targeted by an online scammer.
Johnnie Coley was messaged on Facebook with an offer that sounds too good to pass up.
“Just answer some questions and they were going to give me fifty thousand dollars and all I had to do was pay for the shipping through federal express”, said Coley.
And after answering a few personal questions, he knew something wasn’t quite right. The whole time Johnnie believed this man was his cousin.
“He was talking about he got fifty thousand dollars at 9:02a.m. but by 9:15a.m. 9:20a.m he done spent fifty thousand dollars so I mean it just didn’t add up”, said Coley.
And after giving out some information,
“Enough that it worried me”, said Coley.
His daughter decided it was time to contact the police.
“I called the FBI after going to the Magee Police Department and talking to the officer and saying that we needed to go to the attorney general’s office. So I picked up the phone and called the FBI cause they’re using the government saying it’s a government money or whatever that they’re giving out”, said Sonya Coley, daughter of scam victim.
I never figured that somebody can go on and hack into somebody’s Facebook for a scam like that”, said Coley.
And anybody else that thinks that disabled people are ones to be targeted, go out and get jobs people. it’s not that hard”, said Sonya.
“It’s all just a scam. the whole thing”, said Coley.
WJTV contacted the Attorney General’s office to see if this scam had been going around for a while, we are still waiting for their response. The Attorney General’s website says: “Do not respond to any unsolicited e-mails or text messages requesting personal or financial information. legitimate companies don’t ask for this information via email or text message.”
In the meantime, like Johnnie said, if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.