Sioux Falls man loses $10,000 to scam through Facebook Messenger

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Police say a Sioux Falls man has lost thousands of dollars to a scam.

Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said a 58-year-old man received a message on Facebook Messenger from what appeared to be a friend saying the victim had won more than $800,000.

The message prompted the victim to call the "National World Help Company" with a provided number.

The scammer instructed the man to buy $10,000 in iTunes and Walmart gift cards, and he gave the numbers on the cards to a person over the phone.

Later, the victim talked with the friend who he thought sent him the Facebook message, but the friend said they did not send it.

The man then reported the incident to police.

Clemens said this was not the first time the "National World Help Company" has been involved with a scam, but he believes it was the first report in Sioux Falls.

Clemens said the victim's friend may have been hacked on Facebook.