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Watch Out for this Venmo Scam

You notice a deposit to your Venmo account that you do not know. Shortly thereafter you get a message from someone you do not know, claiming that the deposit was made by accident, and could you please send it back?

Being the kind person that you are, you send it back, and a few days later that “accidental” deposit disappears from your account, and you have now lost the money you sent back to the guy.

Don’t do it. The original deposit to your account was undoubtedly made with a stolen credit card. As soon as the banks figure it out, they will cancel the card and reverse the deposit.

The better course of action is to simply wait for the credit card company to cancel the card, and the deposit.

And by the way, don’t spend that money – even if it is an accidental deposit, it is not yours, and the owner of the funds can sue you to get it back. Happens all too often with erroneous bank deposits.

Mark J. Astarita is a veteran securities attorney who represents investors and financial professionals nationwide in securities investigations and arbitrations. Have a question? Email him at or call his office at 212-509-6544.