Hackettstown woman loses more than 4K to online loan scam
HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Hackettstown Police are warning of another online scam after a 77-year-old woman lost more than $4,000 while trying to take out a loan.
Through an investigation it was determined that the woman wanted to apply for a $1,300 loan through Cash Advance America but the minimum allowed was $3,000, police said.
The victim reported that she was approved and every time a mobile deposit was made into her bank account, she would put different amounts of money into a Paypal account which this account and code were provided to her from the scammer, police said.
The mobile deposits that were being made into her bank were fraudulent and she was scammed out of $4,406, police said.
Report scams by filing a complaint at ftc.gov/complaint. Be sure to include:
- Date and time of the call
- Name of the agency the imposter used
- What they tell you, including the amount of money and the payment method they ask for
- Phone number of the caller; although scammers may use technology to create a fake number or spoof a real one, law enforcement agents may be able to track that number to identify the caller
- Any other details from the call
This is the third incident where a town resident lost money to a scam. An elderly couple was scammed out of $9,000 and a 41-year-old man was scammed out of $2,000 all from an Amazon scam.