Fox46 says a Charlotte man got scammed by a stranger recently at a bar. Rob Gilliam says it started when a man came up to him and asked him to borrow his phone so he could call his sister. This was around 10:30 pm last Friday night.
He said the man called an Atlanta-based number, but then said he couldn’t hear very well so he needed to text his sister instead. While Gilliam thought this man was texting, the man was really Venmoing himself $4,500. Gilliam told Fox46, “It wasn’t until Sunday that I realized he had venomed himself $4,430.”
Surveillance video at the bar shows the same man going up to three different groups of people within 10 minutes after stealing money from Gilliam. He asked one lady to use her phone, but she did not have a Venmo account so she was not scammed. Now, Gilliam is trying to warn people about this. He says Venmo has a safety feature that requires a fingerprint scan or Face ID to open the app. Gilliam highly recommends putting these precautions in place so this doesn’t happen to you too.
He said, “In my case, I was genuinely trying to help somebody out that I thought was in need. And now I regret it”. Have you ever been scammed?