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How the crime is com­mit­ted

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Scam­sters gather fol­low­ers by cre­at­ing fake so­cial me­dia ac­counts of celebri­ties. They send di­rect mes­sages to the vic­tims ask­ing them to do char­ity, or par­tic­i­pate in a fi­nan­cial scheme. In all cases, the vic­tim ends up wiring money to the scam­ster. ■ ■

What you can do

Check the ver­i­fi­ca­tion badge on the ac­count.

Don’t main­tain con­tact with the fake ac­count. ■ ■ ■ Call 901 to check if the ac­count is real or not. Re­port the ac­count. In case you paid money, file a a po­lice com­plaint.

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