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Butte County woman warns of Facebook Camp Fire scam

A Butte County woman was scammed by someone she thought was her friend on Facebook. Watch this story to find out how she was scammed.

Posted: Feb 24, 2019 6:41 PM
Updated: Feb 24, 2019 8:12 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A local woman is warning others about scams specifically targeting Camp Fire survivors.

Paulette Goupil told Action News Now reporter Luna Nas that she was scammed by a person who she thought was her Facebook friend. Instead it was a cloned account that looked like it belonged to her friend.

The message from the friend contained a promise for Camp Fire assistance, but an initial application fee was required.

Goupil said she sent over 500 dollars worth of Amazon gift cards before she realized she was being scammed.

She reached out so she could warn others to look out for red flags online, and on Facebook.

Goupil said, " If you believe you are a victim of a possible scam -- you can reach out to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on what steps to take next.

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