U of I student scammed out of nearly $3,000

Posted: Sep 14, 2020 / 06:20 PM CDT Updated: Sep 14, 2020 / 06:21 PM CDT

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — Police said a University of Illinois student was scammed out of nearly $3,000 last week.

Officers said the student got a call from someone claiming to be with the U.S. Marshals. The person said her social security number had been compromised and there was a warrant out for her arrest.

She was told to wire $2,900 in Bitcoin to an unknown account to fix the problem. Police said they were called after the scammer demanded more money.

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