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Woman lost $2,500 to social media scam impersonating ABC’s David Muir | #socialmedia | #hacking | #aihp

LEWIS COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A woman in Lewis County lost $2,500 after paying for what she was told was an opportunity to meet ABC World News Tonight anchor and Syracuse native David Muir.

The scam started on Instagram, when an account using Muir’s name and picture, messaged Jan Taylor. She responded and was convinced to move the conversation to another app, Telegram.

The scammer went as far as sending Taylor a photo, manipulated to appear like David Muir is holding a framed photo of her. The scammers used multiple photos posted to Muir’s real Instagram account, including of his dog.

Scammer’s manipulated photo

After some back-and-forth conversation, Taylor was offered a meet-and-greet opportunity. She was instructed to email “” to request a form.

Yes, we can do that for you,” the scammer emailed back. A follow-up email read: “The private meet and greet form cost 2000.”

Taylor asked how she could pay them and was told to download an app named “Cash.” After syncing her debit card, Taylor made multiple smaller transactions totaling about $2,500.

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