Dumb with Venmo

A fool and his money are soon parted. I’ve been burned twice now by Venmo. I definitely am at fault in both cases but it still irks me how easy it was for me to be out of pocket. The first time, I was swindled by a hacker of some sort. It happened one day over the summer when I noticed that I received about five emails from Venmo that someone tried and failed to login to my account. It did concern me but I was busy at work and didn’t have time to think too much about it. A little later that day, I got a call from a strange number on my phone and when I picked up, they said it was Venmo. I would not normally answer the phone for a number I did not recognize but my kids were in summer day camp that week and I wanted to be sure it was not one of the counselors calling from their cell phone. The person on the line was a man with a foreign accent. He explained that Venmo noticed some unusual activity in my account and asked me to confirm some info on my account. He listed some recent transactions, which I confirmed, and as soon as I did that I felt something was wrong. I hung up the line immediately. Sure enough, I instantly had two transactions, one for $80 and one for $44, show up and deduct from my account. The caller tried to call me back 10 times over the next 3 minutes until I blocked the caller and the screen name on Venmo. Boy did I feel dumb! These hackers are so realistic! I’ve been feeling so stupid about that situation and then today I did something even more dumb!! I was at our annual neighborhood festival in the park and was asked to donate to the local women’s at the Catholic Church for a chance to win a $1,000 raffle. I decided to buy 3 tickets for $10. I was out of cash because my kids had used it all for games and candy so I Venmoed the woman using the account she listed. Or at least I thought I did until she told me that she did not receive the alert. When I looked more closely, I realized that I forgot to add a number to the account and paid the wrong person. I was already feeling frazzled from chasing three kids around the park and so I made a mistake. My husband suggested I request the $10 back in the app from the stranger. I thought that was a great idea! Until I accidentally paid her $10 again instead of requesting the $10. I tried to explain the situation in the little message box, but I feel like I sounded like an internet stalker/hacker than a tired mom. This time, I wrote the note and tried to send a request for $20 to get all my money back and somehow I paid her AGAIN instead of requesting the money. How foolish can you get? I clearly was not paying attention to what I was doing. In the end, I sent a final request to the stranger for the $40 I erroneously sent with a sad emoji. It has been a few hours and I have not received any notifications in the app and don’t feel optimistic I will ever see that money again. I probably wouldn’t send it back either because I would think it was a hoax. I didn’t win the raffle either. Let this be a lesson to others to pay attention to what you are doing when you are using Venmo. Otherwise you can be out real money like what just happened to me!!

Feeling dumb about this Venmo mistake
I wish I hadn’t spent real money but this $20 toy money of my kids instead.

2 responses to “Dumb with Venmo”

  1. That’s so easy to do. I hope they send you your money.

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    1. Thank you! I hope so too. I can’t believe I did that.


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