Boise Police arrested Derek Claytor and Brooks Jontiez after an investigation into the theft of tens of thousands of dollars from local victims.
Social Media Scam Leads to Arrest
April 9, 2020
Arrested: Derek Claytor, 27, Chicago, IL
Charges: Grand Theft (F), Forgery (F) 3 counts, Acquire financial transaction card with intent to defraud (F)
Arrested: Jontiez Brooks, 27, Chicago, IL
Charges: Grand Theft (F), Forgery (F) 2 counts, Acquire financial transaction card with intent to defraud (F)
Earlier this month, Boise Police and a local credit union began receiving reports of some ongoing fraud. In each case the victims were contacted via social media by a suspect promising them grant money or some other financial return. The victims were persuaded to give their physical debit card and pin code to a male who promised to deposit the money into their account. The suspects then deposited fraudulent checks into the victim’s accounts and used the victim’s cards to make fraudulent withdrawals. They also used the victim’s cards to make additional purchases.
During an investigation, officers were able to obtain surveillance pictures of the two suspects and with assistance from other local agencies, detectives were able to identify the suspects. On April 8th, Boise Police contacted the suspects as they prepared to fly out of the Boise Airport. After further investigation, the suspects were taken to the Ada County Jail and booked in on the listed charges.
This is at least the second time Boise Police have investigated this type of scam involving social media and an offer to get easy money. Here are some tips to remember.
- Be cautious of “friends” posting ways to make money. If it sounds too good to be true, it always is.
- Don’t give out account information, whether a bank account or a social media account to anyone.
- Verify the opportunity or situation outside the app or the initial offer. Call the business or government agency involved directly, don’t use the provided number.
This scam often starts with a “friends” social media account being compromised. The victim then receives a money making offer from their “friend” which turns out to be a scam.
Below is an example of a scam message on Instagram as well as warning graphics to share on social media.