Help with potential scam
April 17, 2014 6:07 PM Subscribe
Sketchy, potentially scammy situation with my brother traveling in Guatemala and requesting my phone info to transfer money over Paypal. What to do?
posted by quiet coyote to Law & Government (28 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My brother just emailed from Guatemala, where he's traveling, saying his iPhone was stolen and his debit card is lost. He said that he borrowed money from someone and needs to Paypal them the money back, but needs to confirm his account. He asked if he could use my phone to text the Paypal confirmation to. My scam radar went up, so I asked him if he knew my dog's name, which he correctly provided. He also added personal information that only he would know. I agreed to give him my cell phone number, but then he also wanted the address on my cell phone bills. This whole situation feels very strange and I don't feel comfortable with it. He just emailed my mom with the same request (I couldn't respond for an hour or so, so presumably he turned to other family members). Am I right to be concerned about a scam? I'm also worried about the worst case scenario, that Guatemalan thieves have him at gunpoint somewhere, and that I can't know whether that's the case.