Dearborn Heights senior victim of $30,000 fraud – Presse et Guide
A 66-year-old Dearborn Heights woman was scammed out of $30,000 on May 18 by a team of scammers who convinced her that her identity had been hacked and that she needed to convert her savings to Bitcoin to secure it.
The scam began with a caller claiming $4,000 was debited from their Amazon account and that due to the nature of the purchase, they reported the activity to the Social Security Administration, Internal Revenue Service and Federal Marshals.
They then instructed him to protect his money from misuse of his identity by withdrawing it from his financial institutions and converting it to Bitcoin.
The scammers then sent him pictures of documents that said they represented the United States Federal Trade Commission.
She withdrew $35,000 in cash from three different financial institutions. The caller coached her to say it was for home renovations, if questioned, and they warned her not to tell her husband or local law enforcement about the transactions.
She was then invited to go to real bitcoin kiosks to convert the money into a bitcoin wallet, which they told her about setting up.
She said she deposited $30,000 into the virtual Bitcoin wallet before her cell phone died. After charging her phone and calling the contact person back, they assured her that what she had deposited was sufficient and that they would “make an exception” for her.
The woman finally gave in to her doubts and contacted Dearborn Heights police officials, who told her to file fraud reports for each of the bitcoin kiosks she used, as well as her financial institutions.