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Scam Cost Salina Man over 3k

KSAL StaffMarch 3, 2014

A Salina man falls victim to a phone scam.

According to Captain Mike Sweeney, a 54-year-old man received a phone call on February 19th from a man claiming to be with Microsoft Corporation.

The caller told the victim they had detected a virus in his computer, and after a short conversation the victim agreed to give him access to his PC. The victim also agreed to purchase what he thought was an anti-virus package for $139.

Police say the scammer then racked up $1,078 in 7 different money orders with his debit card information.

The victim checked his bank account and saw the activity, cancelled his card and ordered a new debit card.

The next day the scammer called back with a promise for a refund, if he could have the new card number. The victim again conceded the information – giving the scammer another chance to rack up additional $2,481 in illegal money orders.

Total loss is listed at $3,559.

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