Cryptocurrency scam drains retired St. Pete victim's life savings

When Maria Seiler, 79, got an email purportedly from PayPal claiming she purchased the cryptocurrency bitcoin, she was confused and called the number listed to fix the error. What happened next was a series of cons that took her for $79,500. Senior citizens are the main targets of scammers because they have more savings than most and are kind-hearted. Criminals took advantage of Seiler’s kindness and lack of computer skills. They used fear, intimidation, guilt, and nearly every trick in the conman’s book to dupe her.