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Area residents warned about financial scams using Zelle app

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to be extra cautious with their finances after receiving a pair of calls last week about scammers attempting to use the digital payment app Zelle.

“We received two calls yesterday in reference to this scam,” a release from Public Information Officer Shelley Ward stated on Jan. 12. “When we researched this, we found that it has been happening all across the country. In one case, the caller contacted our citizen and stated that they were from the Wells Fargo Fraud Department and asked if they had authorized a $3,500 transfer to Zelle. They were then instructed to use the Zelle app to transfer the money back to their account.

“In the other case, the citizen was contacted by someone claiming to work for eBay. The caller asked for all of the personal information and banking information. Zelle transfers were attempted from this person’s personal account.”

Ward urges everyone if they get a call that “doesn’t seem right, just ha...

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