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LCSO deputies investigate Words With Friends “romance scam”

FORT MYERS, Fl. (WBBH) — The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says that deputies were called over the weekend for what is known as a “romance scam.” Deputies said the victim told them they were conned out of the thousands of dollars.  Con artists target victims where they least expect it – on social media. The scammers reportedly get the victims comfortable, doing things like playing games, while pretending to get to know one another.  This helps them gain the victims trust and their money.  In 2020 alone, victims of romance scams lost an estimated $304...

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Scammers targeting job seekers with hidden malware

LEE COUNTY, Fla.– The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a new unemployment scam. Malware is being hidden in links for employment opportunities, according to law enforcement. Job seekers will receive a message about an employment opportunity, usually in their chosen field. Hackers will include a zip file that they claim contains information related to the position but it is a phishing scam, officials said. Don’t open the file, it will infect your computer or phone. Here are a few tips on how to protect yourself: Don’t click links or open attachments...

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Tampa man sentenced after posing as immigration attorney

TAMPA, Fla.– Elvis Harold Reyes, 56, was sentenced to 20 years and 9 months in federal prison for mail fraud and aggravated identity theft, on Monday. According to court documents, Reyes was pretending to be an attorney, targeting undocumented immigrants from Spanish speaking countries. He has never been a licensed immigration attorney. The victims were seeking Florida drivers licenses and work authorization. Reyes tricked them into paying for his services by giving them inaccurate legal information according to officials. He filed over 225 fraudulent immigration application. According...

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