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Good Samaritan nearly scammed out of $4K by boy who asks to borrow phone, sends self Venmo transfer

ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida woman is warning others after nearly losing $4,000 in a high-tech pickpocket.

The woman said a boy asked to borrow her phone and then used Venmo to send himself money right under her nose.

Shannon Fraser was walking her dog when she said she ran into the young boy.

“‘My phone is dead. I can’t find my family or friends. I’ve lost them,'” Fraser said the boy told her. “He’s on a scooter. And he’s like, ‘Can I please use your phone to call them?’ Your first instinct is to help a kid. Like immediately. Without thinking, and of course, hindsight is 20/20, I just handed him my phone.”

She said the boy looked about 12 years old, WESH reported.

“He had the person on speaker. He’s like, ‘I can’t find you guys.’ He said, ‘do you mind if I open your maps?’ So he opens maps and I’m watching him do this. That’s the crazy part. I’m a foot away,” Fraser said.

They parted ways and Fraser didn’t think anything of it, until Monday night.


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