Frozen funds

A U. of I. student reported that he had been the victim of a scam on Feb. 22. An unknown person sent the student a social media message that stated the student was eligible to receive $5,000 if he first sent $30 to the unknown person via an electronic transfer. The student did so, and then received three subsequent messages that he needed to send additional money to unfreeze the $5,000 he was promised. The student paid each time, ultimately losing $1,230 before reporting the scam to police.