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Police warn of scam using Facebook message

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Posted at 4:34 PM, Jan 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-16 16:34:25-05

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.--- The Punta Gorda Police Department sending a warning to Southwest Florida residents about a new Facebook scam.

According to Deputies, scammers are sending messages via fake or hacked accounts and suggesting residents should apply for Workers and Youth, Retired, Old, and Disabled Compensation Appeal Board Federal Government Trust Fund (WRCAB).

Facebook scammers are asking for information like your phone number. Residents, who have received phone calls, state that scammers are promising to provide large cash payouts, but asks for gift cards or wire transfers of money orders in order to complete the application process.

Punta Gorda Police reminding residents that no legitimate government or private organization that provides benefits or services asks for payments upfront in order to provide benefits.

If you are unsure if you are involved in a scam contact the police department before sending money.