US woman handed over RM141,000 to fraudster at her front door, cops say


The Nutley resident received an email that appeared to be from Microsoft, instructing her to call technical support. When she called the phone number listed on the email, she was transferred to someone who instructed her to make a series of bank withdrawals, the Nutley Police Department said. — Photo by Anna Shvets: https://www.pexels.com/photo/a-woman-using-a-laptop-5257270/

A 76-year-old woman was scammed out of US$30,000 (RM141,795) after calling the phone number listed on a fake Microsoft email, police said.

The Nutley resident received an email that appeared to be from Microsoft, instructing her to call technical support. When she called the phone number listed on the email, she was transferred to someone who instructed her to make a series of bank withdrawals, the Nutley Police Department said.

The woman then visited multiple banks to withdraw a total of US$30,000 (RM141,795) and later handed the cash to a person who visited her house on Monday night, officials said.

Police have since arrested Huihua Chen, 49, of Queens, New York, authorities said. It was not clear what he was charged with or what his alleged role in the scam was. Investigators are still trying to identify accomplices.

A caller also contacted the victim again on Tuesday in an attempt to collect another US$15,000 (RM70,897), police said. – nj.com/Tribune News Service

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!
   

Next In Tech News

Tesla cuts US prices of Models Y, X, S by $2,000
Why entrepreneurs need to consider increasing their digital security
Tesla's Elon Musk postpones India trip, aims to visit this year
Report: AI is smarter than a person, sometimes
Scientists develop ‘intelligent’ liquid with programmable response
Restaurants are putting digital detox on the menu with smartphone-free dining
To stand out in the job market, get to grips with ChatGPT
Amazon ad exec Aubrey steps aside for new role
Stablecoin Tether gets boost as dollar alternative in emerging markets, CEO says
Google scraps minimum wage, benefits rules for suppliers and staffing firms

Others Also Read