A Woman Let a Kid Use Her Phone, and He Stole $4,000 Through Venmo

Hands on the background of American dollars. A man is trying to take himself a big pile of money from hundred-dollar bills

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A woman in Orlando named Shannon Fraser was walking her dog on Saturday when a kid rode up to her on a scooter and asked for help.

She says he looked to be about 12, said he was lost, and his phone was dead. He asked if he could use her phone to call his parents. So she obviously said yes.

But it turns out he was SCAMMING her. 

He did call someone, and put it on speakerphone. But while he was talking to them, he opened up VENMO on her phone and sent himself FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS.

The whole exchange lasted three minutes before he gave her phone back and rode off on his scooter. And Shannon didn't realize what happened until two days later when she got an alert from her bank. So she called Venmo, then the cops.

Venmo told her the account he sent the money to was only set up 30 minutes before it happened. So that made it harder to track.

It's not clear if they got the money back or not, but they did credit it back to Shannon's account. They say they're aware of this type of scam, but it's fairly rare. 



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