S02E06 - The Government Won't Use Emojis: WhatsApp Scams with Rommel Ojeda and Allen Arthur

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New York State probably won’t email you a holiday card or ask you to share a stimulus opportunity with 10 of your family members to get paid.

Journalist Rommel Ojeda from Documented digs into a story (co-reported with Telemundo) about how scammers target immigrants with fake government benefits in WhatsApp chat groups and chains.

Caity’s husband and journalist Allen Arthur (a Documented alum) joins into find out just how these spread so easily and how they exploit genuine confusion around resources available to immigrants with an official looking message. Hint: If the government uses emojis in the message, delete it ASAP. Hopefully this can help you or your loved ones avoid getting scammed!

RESOURCES:

https://twitter.com/cestrommel

https://documentedny.com/2021/12/16/scams-whatsapp-immigrants/

https://documentedny.com/author/rommel-ojeda/

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