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AG: Scammers targeting messaging apps

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Marian Camacho
May 17, 2018 10:55 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A scam alert from the Office of the Attorney General today for people who use “messenger” apps.


New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says the apps, used to communicate with friends, are being used by criminals.  Victims believe they are communicating with a friend, when in fact the person on the other end replying, has hacked into the friend’s account looking to scam the person on the other end.

“Never pay anyone who demands payment via gift card because the use of non-standard banking devices is a sure sign you are dealing with a scammer,” said Attorney General Balderas. “Secondly, never disclose your personal information to someone who initiated the contact electronically with you.”

The alert comes after a woman called the Attorney General’s office to report that she had been scammed. According to Balderas, the woman, thinking she was speaking with a friend, unknowingly sent a gift card payment to the scammer.

People who believe they may have been scammed should call the AG’s office at 1-844-255-9210 or file a complaint online at


Marian Camacho

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