A 64-year-old resident of Cardinal Lane in Palm Coast got an odd contact on Facebook messenger a few days ago. Apparently he’s not the only one who did.
The message purported to be from Sheriff Rick Staly. The user name on the message was “rick.staly.5” and the profile picture on the account was that of Staly, whose image can be ubiquitous on social media and news sites, and easily stolen.
It was a scam. The impostor was making up a story about a $100,000 benefit the 64 year old was eligible for, through the Department of Health and Human Services. The impostor first contacted the man after midnight on June 5, making cordial small talk on the messenger app. The impostor then asked if the man had received anything from the federal department, telling him that it was providing a special fund for retired and disabled workers.
The impostor claimed he’d…