Tue. May 21st, 2024

83 year old man losses $32000 – Microsoft tech scam

An elderly man looking worried while sitting in front of his computer, with two shadowy figures representing the scammers in the background.An elderly man looking worried while sitting in front of his computer, with two shadowy figures representing the scammers in the background.

An 83-year-old man from Saddle Rock fell victim to a scam, losing nearly $32,000 to two individuals who falsely claimed to be Microsoft employees. They convinced him his computer was at risk.

On January 18, he received a notification on his computer warning him of a compromise and urging him to call a provided number for help.

The scammer, posing as a Microsoft employee, claimed there was suspicious activity on his phone and bank account. He was instructed to withdraw $16,000 in cash to resolve the issue, which he did on January 19.

The next day, the scammers demanded an additional $15,000, which was collected by a second man.

Upon being contacted a third time, the victim refused to cooperate and reported the matter to the police.

After investigating, authorities arrested 47-year-old Rong Chen and 46-year-old ZhenSheng Yu on charges of grand larceny.

Two men in handcuffs being escorted by police officers, with the Nassau County Police Department in the background, representing the arrest of the scammers.
Two men in handcuffs being escorted by police officers, with the Nassau County Police Department in the background, representing the arrest of the scammers.

Nassau County police are advising the community to stay vigilant and to inform vulnerable individuals about the risks of scams and fraud.

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