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2 Saline Co. Women Scammed

KSAL StaffDecember 2, 2021

Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan is reminding citizens to be on the lookout for scams that come through your computer or telephone after a couple of women were recently coerced out of thousands of dollars.

Sheriff Soldan tells KSAL News that a 41-year-old woman was hoping to raise her credit score and was searching online for a small loan. A call from someone at “American Loan Company” soon turned into a scam that cost her $1,000 when she agreed to allow an electronic deposit into her account – with a promise that she would pay them back with $500 gift cards. The woman contacted authorities after she realized the deposit was fake.

Authorities are also investigating a scam that cost a 73-year-old Saline County woman $8,000 after her computer was frozen and she called a ‘help line’ from a pop-up ad on her screen.

She believed she was giving her Discover card number to a tech to fix the problem. Moments later, a person claiming to be from Discover called, and convinced her she owed the company $8,000 and that she needed to pay off the debt with gift cards or be arrested. Staff at a local hardware store tried to convince her she was being scammed as she purchased four, $2,000 gift cards. The woman contacted authorities after the scammer demanded the woman send him another $2,000.

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