The Ramapo Police Department recently apprehended a 33-year-old Nassau County resident in connection with an e-mail scam that targeted a local resident. The arrest came after the victim fell victim to a fraudulent e-mail claiming to be from McAfee Anti-Virus (Software Virus Protection). The incident serves as a reminder for residents to remain vigilant and cautious when dealing with suspicious e-mails or phone calls.
According to the complaint received on May 11th, the victim received an e-mail notifying them of a supposed charge of $399.99 to their account. The e-mail provided a customer service phone number, prompting the resident to contact the listed number. The scammer on the other end of the line instructed the victim to grant remote access to their computer in order to reverse the charge.
Trusting the supposed representative from McAfee, the resident allowed remote access, and a screen appeared requesting a refund amount of $399.99. After inputting the requested amount, the victim was informed that an error had occurred, resulting in a refund of $39,999.00. To rectify the mistake, the victim was coerced into making installment payments, with the first payment of $15,000.00 required the following day.
The victim complied with the scammer’s demands and withdrew cash, which was subsequently handed over to an individual posing as a courier. Once the incident was reported, Ramapo PD Detectives initiated an investigation, leading to the arrest of the 33-year-old Nassau County resident.
The suspect was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th Degree and Grand Larceny 3rd Degree. However, due to the nature of the offenses, the individual was released on an appearance ticket, as bail was not applicable.
Ramapo Police Department is urging residents to stay alert and informed about common scams prevalent in today’s digital landscape. To protect themselves from falling victim to such fraudulent activities, Ramapo PD offers the following tips:
1) Slow Down: When confronted with a suspicious e-mail or phone call, take the time to consult with someone you trust before taking any action. Scammers often employ tactics to rush their targets into making hasty decisions.
2) Exercise Caution: Never transfer money, purchase gift cards, wire funds, or grant remote access to your computer unless you are absolutely certain about the identity and intentions of the person or entity involved.
3) Contact Your Bank: If you suspect that you have fallen victim to a scam and have already sent money, immediately reach out to your bank to report the incident and seek guidance on potential remedies.
Ramapo PD advises residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the authorities promptly. By staying informed and taking precautions, individuals can protect themselves from falling prey to scams and help bring scammers to justice.