Police were called to respond to a report about suspicious internet activity and attempted fraud.
The victim told police he received several emails from his bank notifying him that someone tried to withdraw several thousand dollars out of his bank account. The victim contacted the bank and an official said an unknown person sent an email to the bank using an email address (just one letter off from the victim’s personal email address) requesting $12,870,77 from the victim’s account. The suspect then called and identified himself as the victim. The bank official told the victim that this suspect had a very heavy middle eastern accent and could not provide any of the security information such as an address, an account number, a social security number or a password.
However the suspect was able to provide the victims’ wife’s social security number. The bank official told the suspect that the account did not even have the funds to match the requested amount. The suspect then asked the bank official to combine all accounts to come up with the requested amount.
The suspect then sent another email requesting $7,870.77 but the bank official did not respond.
The bank official emailed the victim information pertaining to the suspect and the police officer asked the victim to pull it up and read it allowed.
The victim booted up his computer and it blue screened, appearing as if it had a virus. The victim was able to access his email account through his smart phone but the email sent to him from the bank was gone and not even in the deleted folder. It appeared that his email account had been hacked.
The victim had not suffered any money loss, thankfully.