FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A crook or crooks on social media used a North Texas public official’s image to make their phony offers appear legitimate.
The City of Farmers Branch said it happened to Mayor Robert Dye this week.READ MORE: Gov. Abbott Signs $2B Texas Border Security Bill Into Law In Fort Worth
Someone impersonated him in a fake Instagram account, then used that account to solicit payments from unsuspecting victims who expected to access a federal grant.
Police Chief David Hale says these fraudulent offers have become more common during the COVID-19 pandemic.
People are more often desperate for federal grants, spending more time online and more likely to make a quick decision, trying to meet a fake deadline.READ MORE: North Texas Mum Shops In Full Swing: A Look At The History Being The Tradition
COVID-19 vaccine scams, federal grant scams and banking scams are just the tip of the iceberg.Texas Amber Alert Ended After 6-Year-Old Amari Baylor Found Safe
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