Seneca Man Victim of Phone Scam

| June 13, 2017

Scam caller concept.CRANBERRY TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Seneca man is the victim of a phone scam that occurred on Mark Drive, in Cranberry Township, Venango County.

According to Franklin-based State Police, the incident occurred around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, as a 48-year-old Seneca man was contacted by a computer support service he had used in the past.

Police say the perpetrator advised the victim that the company was going out of business, and he was entitled to a $200.00 refund. The perpetrator advised the victim that the company had a policy stating that they could transfer no less than $3,000.00 at a time. The perpetrator then transferred $3,000.00 to the victim’s account. Then, the perpetrator advised the victim to purchase three gift cards and relate the gift card number via telephone to the perpetrator in an attempt to offset the difference of $2,800.00.

The victim related that the prior $3,000.00 deposit was withdrawn after he gave the gift card numbers to the perpetrator over the phone, according to police.

The investigation is ongoing.

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