By Ashley Mazerolle, Communications
Police in Houston, Texas are warning residents and especially students to be aware of a new high-tech scam singling out unsuspecting victims. A college student, Tamara Malone, was cheated out of her iPhone by a con artist using a stack of fake money, known as “movie money.”
Malone posted her iPhone for sale on the popular app called, Letgo. She received quite a bit of interested in the phone and decided upon the first responder to the ad. Malone agreed to meet the buyer at a local Starbucks to make the transfer of goods.
Malone gave the woman her iPhone and the buyer handed her an envelope with $700 dollars in cash. The buyer quickly left Starbucks and disappeared from view. Once Malone opened the envelope to check out the cash, she noticed that the cash looked a little suspicious.
The bills looked real, but upon further inspection was determined to be “movie money” – fake money used as a prop by filmmakers.
“If you look closely, it says ‘Motion Picture Use Only’ and ‘In Copy We Trust,’” Detective Shane McCoy of the City of Southside Place PD said. This is beginning to be a common scam for citizens selling property online and in apps. Since this is a growing issue, why not implement a solution to weed out potential fraudsters?
EyeDetect would be a great solution to protect buyers and sellers online. EyeDetect is a screening technology that detects deception by measuring involuntary pupil dilation when a person is telling a lie. There are companies already vetting their employees throughout the world by having people take a simple test to verify truthfulness and honesty.
To learn more about EyeDetect, click here.