If you get a text message promising cash via Venmo or Zell for a survey, don’t open it. It’s a scam.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mobile payment apps like Venmo and Zelle are popular right now, especially with more people looking for touch-free ways to pay due to COVID-19, but like any business, they’re vulnerable to scammers

There’s a new scam floating around and it might just pop up on your phone like any other text message. Scammers are preying on folks who are still out of work or in the middle of a job transition with false promises of free money. They look enticing but don’t jump too fast. Remember, money doesn’t just fall from the sky, even if it is human nature to think it’s your lucky day. 

“I gave it to them. I am not sure why I did it. Desperate, I guess,” said a…

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