Facebook swindle costs woman $500

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A 77-year-old woman recently lost $700 when someone who looked like her friend on Facebook convinced her to buy multiple iTunes gift cards.

The woman told police that she was contacted by her former acquaintance Oct. 27 on Facebook Messenger, when they told her about a group that received money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The acquaintance told the woman that they had received $200,000 from the group after paying $700 in taxes and fees.

The woman said she trusted the person because they had been friends on Facebook for several years and was directed to a Facebook profile for “Christ Geister.” Geister told the woman to buy five $100 iTunes gift cards and send photographs of their backs.

Once the woman realized it was a scam, the gift cards had been redeemed and most of the information from the profile had been deleted.


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