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Source: Concord woman scammed of $70K through text, as authorities warn Staten Islanders to be vigilant

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Source: Concord woman scammed of $70K through text, as authorities warn Staten Islanders to be vigilant

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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.

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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…

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