Scammers Fishing In New Ponds

A local man is warning others after he said he almost fell victim to an online scam on a dating app. 
“If I didn’t know any better, I was scared,” Dylan Benavitez said.  
Benavitez said he downloaded the app, PlentyOfFish, when he moved to Lubbock to meet people. One day, he said he logged on and had received a message from a girl named “Becca.” On her online profile, she stated she was 18 years old. 
“It’s a girl. She’s trying to get to know me. It was nothing special,” Benavitez said. 
After texting for just a few days, Benavitez said he received a text from someone posing as Becca’s dad. He said this man told him that Benavitez and Becca could no longer communicate because Becca was underage. 
Benavitez said he stopped talking to her, but messages from Becca’s dad continued. 
“‘He sent me, ‘Social Services is at my home. Pray for my family.’ I thought, ‘That’s weird,'” Benavitez said. 
But, it didn’t stop there.
“Then he said, ‘They need to put my daughter in mandatory social service behavior classes.’ He said it would cost $7,900. He asked me to pay for half,” Benavitez said. 
Benavitez said the man asked him to send the money through a money pack or a cash app. He said that’s when he knew something seemed fishy. 
Benavitez said he then contacted the Lubbock Police Department.
Officials with Lubbock Police told KLBK they had never seen a scam like this before.

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