A senior citizen who mentioned she is closing her checking account this week is warning others a few “nightmare” cellphone rip-off that she mentioned is focusing on seniors locally.
Two senior residents in Washington Court docket Home contacted the File-Herald Tuesday to share their experiences; one girl mentioned she was scammed Monday and a second particular person mentioned she was scammed in October however nonetheless receives spam robocalls to her cellphone.
Ann, who declined to make use of her final identify on account of her latest safety issues, mentioned she was scammed Monday by an individual alleging to be with the Microsoft Company.
“Microsoft calls me and he begins out saying that I had paid an excessive amount of to Microsoft for my pc. And I believed, what? And he mentioned, ‘I’ve some cash I wish to put in your checking account’ and I believed, whoa. He mentioned he had $450 that he would put into my checking account. I believed, wow. I believed he would ship it to me within the mail. Then he instructed me to go to those sure locations on my pc,” mentioned Ann, 79.
Ann mentioned the person requested her if she was at her pc.
“I mentioned no. He mentioned, ‘It’s good to go to your pc,’ so I mentioned, oh, okay. I went to my pc, he had me open the online and put in sure letters and numbers. After which he mentioned, push a quantity seven and maintain it down, so I did that. Then this image comes up and all these things began developing on my pc,” mentioned Ann.
Ann mentioned the person directed her by way of a number of screens prompts after which requested for her details about her checking account.
“It’s wonderful what all he knew about me already, and he mentioned, go to your checking account, and so silly me, I’m going, as a result of I pay on-line. Did I feel, properly, Microsoft, it’s a dependable firm, proper? So silly me, I’m going to my checking account, then he says, sort in your password. So silly me did that as a result of he mentioned he was going to ship that $450 and put it in my checking account. So I mentioned, oh, properly as an alternative of sending it to me within the mail, he would put it in my checking account. Silly me, I gave him my checking account,” mentioned Ann.
Ann mentioned the caller knew a few of her data already, so it seemed like a reputable transaction.
“He by no means requested for my handle however he knew my identify. How he acquired my cellphone quantity — I acquired a brand new cellphone quantity I’ve solely had for a pair months — I don’t know. It’s not an abnormal 740 quantity, it’s only a totally different type of quantity. So I acquired into my checking account, I typed in my password, and he mentioned, ‘I’ll name you again.’ He was imagined to name me and provides me data on the refund Monday and make sure. After all, I didn’t get a cellphone name and I used to be telling my daughter about it and she or he mentioned, ‘Mother, let’s go into your checking account,’” mentioned Ann.
Ann mentioned that she and her daughter checked her banking account data on-line and located three safety alerts.