LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WMBB) — Lynn Haven Mayor Margo Anderson tells News 13 she’s concerned about a potential scam using her name on Facebook.
Anderson said Thursday morning someone has set up a Facebook Messenger account using her name, and is sending her Facebook friends links to buy gift cards from Amazon with the premise the cards will be used for Hurricane Michael relief.
“This is in no way connected to any official fundraising activities, it’s not connected to the mayor in any form or fashion, or the City of Lynn Haven,” said Sgt. Steve McNeil of the Lynn Haven Police Department. “In fact, it appears as though someone has fraudulently created an account in Mayor Anderson’s name in order to lend credibility to their scam.”
These messages are being sent following fundraising and grants Anderson has collected as part of hurricane relief for families in need, and may appear to be legitimate because of the program. The messages are asking recipients to send an Amazon gift card to a specific G-Mail address.
“Email addresses like G-Mail and others, Yahoo, all of these free email services, they don’t really require any verification,” McNeil said. “So they’re very easy to set up and create fraudulent accounts.”
Police are warning anyone who receives the messages or links not to respond, and to contact the Lynn Haven Police Department.
News 13 will keep you updated on the progress of the investigation.