Source: Concord woman scammed of $70K through text, as authorities warn Staten Islanders to be vigilant
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A 70-year-old Concord woman was duped by a text message scam and lost $70,000, becoming the latest victim in a series of lucrative con jobs that have netted millions on Staten Island.
The woman received a text from a number claiming to be Citibank last week, which included a link requiring her to enter personal information, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.
After she inputted her details, she noticed nothing happened in the text message conversation, the source said. The 70-year-old then called Citibank and was subsequently told two transactions were made without her permission.
The first transaction totaled $20k and the second added an additional $50k — totaling $70k in stolen funds, said the source.
Authorities said the incident highlights a relatively new tactic by scammers to take advantage of unsuspecting victims.
The Advance/SILive.com reported a 63-year-old Mariners Harbor man faced with a computer virus wired money to an unknown individual on five occasions in recent months totaling $1.7 million. A series of scams in November 2021 netted around $1 million in one week, and a separate spate of scams nabbed $400K from borough residents in the span of a few weeks.
SCAMS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Officials previously told the Advance/SILive.com that no one is immune to scammers, with victims falling across age and socio-economic demographics.
Overall, officials identified four types of scams that are predominant on Staten…