A Salina man is scammed over $700 via the internet.
According to Captain Mike Sweeney a 55-year-old man contacted Salina Police on April 4th after realizing he had been fooled by thieves.
The man applied for a $2000 loan on the website eloans.com to find out it was a fraudulent site. Upon applying for the loan, the man was asked to pay a $129 transfer fee and his account would be credited the amount of the loan. He did so via money gram, but was contacted by someone on the website saying the routing number which he gave them was incorrect.
The scammer instructed the man if he sent $288.14 they could try the loan again and that would cover fees from Western Union. The victim checked with his bank and realized he sent the scammer the wrong routing number, so he sent $289 for the loan. He was then contacted a third time by the scammer saying that they could not accept this payment because it was not the exact amount he was instructed to send. The scammers told him if he sent the exact amount of $288.14 that they would credit him the $289.
Again, the victim complied and sent the exact amount. The scammer would contact the man a fourth time saying they could not credit his account until $488 worth of taxes which were due on the loan were paid. The victim did not submit sensing something was wrong and contacted authorities.
The victim provided the website domain and phone number to Salina Police, but that number has been disconnected.
Total loss is listed at $706.