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Theft by Deception

KSAL Staff - September 9, 2016 11:23 am

A Salina man contacted police after being scammed for over $15,000.

According to Captain Chris Trocheck, in late August a 68-year-old man thought he had called a Microsoft 24-hour support line to get help regarding a software issue.

He was then directed to call another number and a web of deception began.

The manager at that number convinced him they could correct his issue for $200 and he should pay with an iTunes Card.

Next they said he was due a refund and just needed his bank account number to make the adjustment.

The thief then credited his account with $10,000 and asked the victim to send it back to correct the mistake.

Ultimately the scammer was able to siphon $15,000 from the account before authorities were alerted.