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Two Minnesota women were tricked by the same scam on Zelle, here's how you can protect yourself


MINNEAPOLIS — Every person has a passion, and for Addie Elling, it's painting.

“I work 40 hours a week and then I come home, and I paint,” Elling says.

It’s a passion that also helps her pay the bills.

“One of my most recent paintings I received a $1,000 commission, which has been one of my higher commissions,” Elling says.

But before she could spend that money, it was stolen.

"It was gone in an instant,” Elling explains.

It all started with a text message from someone who claimed to be a representative from Elling’s bank, Wells Fargo.

"It said ‘Did you authorize a purchase through Zelle for $3,500.’ And then it said type ‘Y’ for Yes or ‘N’ for No," Elling says. She typed ‘N’ and immediately got a phone call.

The person on the other end sounded professional and said all the right things, telling Elling that her account had been hacked and she needed to send herself three payments through Zelle to get her money back.


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