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Latest scam hits eastern Iowa

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The latest scam hits eastern Iowa, and scammers are now using social media and text messages to try and con people from their hard-earned cash.

We've reported stories about endless e-mails and phone calls from scammers.

These scammers typically offer a large sum of money for a little cash in return., but as people start recognizing these scams, scammers are trying something new.

"They told me I had won $650,000 from Facebook, and then I was asked to pay to get it," Laurie Schoepske of Waterloo said.

Laurie is one of the millions of people who nearly get scammed every day. 

The only difference is that Laurie's scammers are trying to use text messages and Facebook to get money.

"Supposedly Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, is the one that originally contacted me, and after a lengthy conversation with him, he gave me a site to click on that directed me right to a FedEx delivery driver, and the game went on from there," Laurie said.

Laurie said poorly written text messages started rolling in, and the person on the other end told Laurie she needed to send money for shipping, and that there was nothing to worry about.

"I told them I didn't have it. I told them I was recuperating from a broken neck from my job, and I just didn't have it," Laurie said.

After Laurie reached out, we tried calling the number she was getting the text messages from, and we only got a voice mail.

"It's hard, especially when I don't have any money, and it's money I could definitely use, and you're preying on people who could actually use it, and it just really sucks," Laurie said.

Shortly after talking to Laurie, she said she received even more messages from the scammer, and they were trying to bargain less money for her to send.

Authorities say the best way to avoid those pesky calls and messages, is to stop interacting with the scammers, and then report it to police.

After talking to KWWL, Laurie said she plans to file a report with police.

She says, she's been getting non-stop messages for about nearly months.

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