A Venmo scam has apparently affected a TikToker, and now viewers are happy about the shared experiences.
The original video has reached more than 299,000 views, as some users say there is now a way to prevent scams from happening.
In the post, Caren Babaknia (@carenbabaknia) shared the story of receiving an odd Venmo request from a friend. The message explained that she forgot her wallet and needed $300 to finish a trip to the store.
“I said, ‘This doesn’t sound like her.’ Also, she never carries a purse,” Babaknia said in the video. “So I said, ‘Let me just text her.'”
When he texts his friend, she has no idea what he’s talking about.
Babaknia took a closer look at Venmo’s fake claim and was shocked. The account doesn’t just have the same profile picture. It also has the correct Venmo username: @erinnicoleart.
Babaknia expressed that he was surprised that someone was able to do this. He asks in the video, “How did someone exactly copy the username?”
He also included in his caption “@venmo yo security fixes for you?? “
One viewer, @paperstrawenthusiast, suggested the popular theory of how usernames look exactly the same. “The ‘L’ in cole can be an uppercase ‘i’. Try copying, pasting it with different fonts, it will probably be just that,” they said.
Many TikTok users say exactly the Venmo scam happened to them.
@rooburney said, “OMG THIS HAPPENED TO ME”
@savannaromaya commented, “THIS HAPPENED TO ME EXACTLY.”
@awris added, “TJIS [sic] Apologize for me (I’m you) luckily everyone checked me before submitting. ”
“This happened to me but they only asked for $20 for ‘gaso’ and 5 or 6 people actually did it,” @Kittkattkaitt shared.
“My roommate and I were both disappointed by this and lost US$300” added @oldgreggggg.
Some users claim that there is no way to prevent this type of Venmo scam.
@repetytion said, “not much security will get around phishing attempts, I don’t know how you’d want them to prevent this.”
@a.alejandr00 added, “This has nothing to do with venmo security. that is impersonation and will always be a problem for all applications. You have to know how not to fall for these. “
Venmo did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and the Daily Dot has reached out to Babaknia via direct message on Instagram.
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*First published: February 6, 2022, 2:04 p.m. CST
Dan Latu is a freelance journalist who writes about the Internet and culture. Previously, his work has appeared on Real Deal and Columbia News Service.
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