Randa Cranford – 78-year-old grandmother – He is the latest victim of a crypto scam, losing up to $7,000 in the process.
Randa Cranford lost a lot of money
The situation began when Cranford received a strange message on her computer screen claiming that something had been hacked and that she should call the number on the screen to get things sorted. She said in an interview:
Suddenly, these windows flashed and a message popped up saying, “If you can’t get back to your computer, please call this number.”
I immediately called and reached out to a male representative. Tell her that her bank account is not secure, and that she needs to take care of things right away. She commented:
He says, “This has been waived and this has been waived.” They thought bitcoin would be the best solution because I could secure my money that way.
Cranford said the person stayed with her on the phone when we went to her local bank and withdrew up to $7,000. She was then told to go to a nearby Bitcoin ATM, which in this case was a few blocks from her home in a nearby shopping mall. She continued:
I was told to go put the $7,000 in bitcoins and they would transfer it to my savings account.
However, things started to look suspicious when I followed the instructions, being advised to invest more money in what was later revealed to be a scam account. I started getting nervous about the situation and felt something was wrong, but by then, the damage had been done. She said:
he is [then] He told me to shred the receipts from my bitcoin machine, but I took pictures of them, so I have them on my phone. Listen to your intuition. Something didn’t feel right, but I thought, “I don’t know enough about this.”
Since she was involved in the deal herself, Cranford was later told – despite telling law enforcement officials what had happened – that finding the stolen money would be a very difficult task. She commented:
He made sure it looked like I did it all willingly.
Daniel Irwin – a spokesperson for the Better Business Bureau – is confident that money is lost forever. He explained in a statement:
Chances are, you will never get that money back.
Stolen money stays stolen
He also mentioned that elderly people are often targeted by these types of scammers since many of them are not familiar with Bitcoin and have little understanding of its technology. It is to explain:
So this is just what breaks the heart. Anyone can lose that money and feel bad, but when someone retires and gets a steady income, it’s very heartbreaking.
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