Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Rochester man is out $400 from a payment app scam.

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On March 14th the Rochester Police Department took a report that a 63-year-old Rochester man listed an item for sale on Facebook Marketplace and was contacted by what he believed to be a potential buyer. The so-called buyer decided to use the app Zelle to send the payment for the item. The man and the so-called buyer exchanged emails.

The seller then received an email from what he believed to be Zelle. The email stated the buyer of the item would have to pay $400 to upgrade the seller’s Zelle account to a business account before the funds for the item purchased could be transferred into the seller’s account. The email also stated that the seller would have to reimburse the buyer for the $400 to upgrade the account.

Shortly after, the seller received another email from what he believed to be Zelle that said the buyer sent the $400 to upgrade the account and the money to purchase the item.

The seller then sent $400 to the supposed buyer, but the seller never received the payment for the item he posted for sale.

Rochester Police Captain Casey Moilanen said this is at least the second time in recent weeks that RPD took a report of this type of scam.

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