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Nurse loses life savings in cryptocurrency scam

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A retired nurse is the latest victim of an online crypto scam.

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The Buffalo, N.Y. woman, who requested anonymity, told WKBW that she lost her life savings of $43,000 — and her part-time job — after scammers took over her work computer.

It all started with a pop-up that said the woman’s computer was locked. In a panic, she called the emergency number supplied in the pop-up and was then told her bank account had been hacked.

She was instructed to move her money at once.

Following the scammers’ instructions, the woman withdrew $43,130 in cash, wiring $13,700 to a bank in East Asia, and then deposited $29,430 into a Bitcoin ATM.

The ATM converts dollars to cryptocurrency and moves that into a digital wallet.

The woman was given a barcode to use and her money was sent to Kolkata, India.

The scammers were very convincing, she has said.

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