I saw an ad on social media (instagram) from a online retailer store to enter a contest for a chance to purchase shoes for $300. They sent a message claiming that I had won the contest. Then sent me a link to their online store to purchase the item:
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I had gone through the shipping link and submitted the order purchase. The scammer advised to give them the order number once I had submitted my purchase, which I did. The website didn’t have a payment option but instead led me to a “Zelle transaction” through my bank, PNC. The scammer advise that payment needed to go through the mobile banking app. I got an email from my bank after logging into Zelle. It stated that all transaction were backed by PNC Bank and every transaction would be safe. I submitted a payment to Jarad Williams, email: [email protected] I was stupid to think that was safe, after the scammer received my payment. They advised shipping information would be sent soon. Then they cut off all communications with me, didn’t respond to my questions. Also, never even had intentions to send the items to me. I knew I was just scammed for $300, I tried to contact my bank to stop the transaction but they said they can only submit a fraud case. Also, I was advise by PNC to submit a claim with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
It was a terrible mistake and I was not smart in verifying the merchant. I know that I’ll never be able to get my money back but I just want to shut down this scammer and stop him from doing it to anyone else. Is there anything my bank, Zelle, or the CFPB can do for me in this case? I know that Zelle has ways to track down which bank or where the funds were received. I just want to see if the banks could work together to disable the scammer’s bank account. Or if possible, a cyber security team could retrieve my funds from it was sent to. And if there is anyway to erase personal purchase information send to the merchant. Any guidance/assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated. I have attached pictures of the social media advertisement scam and the fake invoice I received.
Victim Location 78664
Type of a scam Phishing
They contacted me through direct message on Instagram and was telling me I won a pair of shoes. They trying to get me to send money through zella so I cant get it back after they dont send the shoes. Small account only on Instagram but be ware of this scam