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Police Reports

Batavia resident scammed of $500

Fake fraud alert leads to real fraud

BATAVIA – A resident of Hill Lane reported to police that he was scammed out of $530, according to a police report released after a Freedom of Information Act request.

The resident told police that on Sept. 18, he received a phone call from someone identifying himself as a representative of the Chase Bank fraud department, advising that two fraudulent charges were made on his account, the report stated.

One charge was for $759 and the other was for $500, both for computers, the report stated.

The second purchase was made through Amazon by someone from West Virginia, but the resident denied knowing anyone in that state, and said he did not give permission to anyone to buy the computers, according to the report.

The scammer told the resident that in order to get a refund from Amazon, its policy required that he would have to provide verification that he was the credit card holder, the report stated.

The scammer then told the resident that an Amazon representative came on the phone call. A person claiming to be an Amazon representative told the resident he had would have to buy a $500 gift card immediately, using that credit card, for verification purposes, the report stated.

The resident bought a $500 Target gift card from a CVS pharmacy in Highland Park and then texted the gift card’s numbers to the two scammers so they could access the card, the report stated.

The two scammers then told the resident seven more hackers now had access to his credit card and he would need to repeat the process seven more times, the report stated.

The resident, realizing he was being scammed, hung up and reported the incident to Chase Bank, the report stated.

Chase Bank advised the resident that he had been scammed and there was nothing they could do, the report stated.

The resident notified Target of the scam and the company issued him a case number, the report stated.

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