MERCER COUNTY, Pa. (WPMG) – An unidentified victim was scammed out of $500 on March 4.
Pennsylvania State Police said the victim was on her computer when a malicious and intrusive pop-up ad came up on her computer, saying her computer had a virus.
When the woman clicked on the ad, she provided contact information to the scammers, which she believed was Microsoft.
A woman called her portraying to be a Microsoft employee. The scammer told her to go to Rite Aid and purchase $250.00 worth of eBay gift cards.
When the victim got home, she received a call from the scammers again. The scammers demanded she scratch the back of the cards to reveal the gift card number, and provide them with the numbers.
The scammer then old the victim that the cards did not work, and to go back to the store and purchase $250.00 more worth of eBay cards.
The victim complied, and gave the scammer the numbers yet again.
When the scammers took the gift codes, they advised the victim reportedly that she would be refunded $850.00 into her checking account, but they needed her checking and routing account information.
The victim provided that information.
When the victims daughter learned of the phone calls, her daughter called Capital One and had the credit card closed immediately. The daughter then called First National Bank and had her mothers checking account closed and her mortgage closed. First National Bank Fraud Unit assigned new accounts to the victim.