MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. - The Mount Pleasant Police Department is cautioning residents to be on high alert for a scammer that recently bilked a Hawthorne man out of more than $2,000 worth of iTunes gift cards and money cards.
On Friday, the Mount Pleasant Police Department issued an alert warning of a scammer, who recently contacted a Hawthorne resident from an unnamed company, claiming that he needed to log into his computer to make a repair.
According to police, the resident allowed the scammer remote access to the device, and a short time later, the scammer claimed that he was going to make a deposit into a bank account to test the computer. The scammer than claimed he deposited too much money - $3,000 total - and that he would be fired.
The scammer proceeded to instruct the resident to go to CVS and purchase money cards, which he did. Upon arrival back at his computer, the Hawthorne native found that his computer had been locked, prompting him to call the scammer.
Police said that the scammer then said he would “release the computer” if he sent $2,000 in iTune gift cards, which he did again. The resident then went to his local bank, which confirmed that there had been a large electronic withdrawal from one of his accounts.
The scheme is currently under investigation by Mount Pleasant Police Department detectives and the bank.
“Do not trust people calling to ‘help you,’ ” the Department added in the alert. “Do not purchase money grams or send money to someone you don’t know. Pass this on, especially to older neighbors that fall prey to these scammers.”