Senior Central Pa. Woman Scammed For $ 27,000 In SMS Scam
A 78-year-old woman from Clay Township was defrauded of $ 27,000, according to the North Lancaster County Regional Police Department.
The woman went to police saying that on June 15, she started receiving text messages from an unknown number warning her that she was part of a fraudulent iPad purchase. She was provided with a phone number in text messages, which she called, which led her to a “cyber thief”.
The man told her she couldn’t tell anyone about the scam because the person responsible worked at her bank and she might be a close friend of the suspects, police said. The man continued to call the woman until she agreed to send him funds.
She told the man she had two money market accounts with $ 20,000 each for a total of $ 40,000, police said. He told her to withdraw about $ 37,000.
The woman went to the bank to collect the money, while the man listened to the transaction on the phone. She was then asked to go to Bitcoin exchanges, where she transferred up to $ 27,000 in Bitcoin transactions to the cyber thief, police said.
No arrests were made.
The North Lancaster County Regional Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Unit and other criminal justice agencies are investigating.
Anyone with information, who knows the cyber thief (s), or who has also been a victim, are encouraged to contact Detective Matthew Hinkle via the agency website and the Crimewatch Reports tabs.
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