DARIEN, Conn. — A Darien woman reported that she was scammed out of $9,000 after falling for a scheme presented by a caller, police said.
The woman said she received a call from a male who indicated that he worked for a subsidiary of Microsoft, and said that his company owed her money as a reimbursement for computer software she had purchased, police said.
The caller instructed the victim to download a program called “Any Desk” so he could guide her through the reimbursement process, police said.
The caller used the downloaded program to connect to the victim’s computer, police said.
As the caller was explaining to her how the money would be transferred, he was moving money within her bank accounts to make it look as if a deposit had been made, police said.
The caller stated he would be over-depositing, and that she would need to refund him $9,000, police said.
The victim then went to her bank and withdrew the $9,000 she believed had been deposited by the caller, police said. She then deposited the money into the account specified by the caller, police said.
But after reviewing her account, the victim realized that no deposit had ever been made to her account and she had deposited her own money into the caller’s account, police said.
The police investigation into the scam is ongoing.
The Darien Police Department warned that many computer/phone scams "involve some sort of overpayment/reimbursement transaction between the scammer and victim."
The scammer “overpays” the victim — in a variety of methods — and requires the victim to reimburse them the overpayment, police said.
The money that the victim reimburses ends up being their own money, police said.
If you are approached with this overpayment/reimbursement scenario, remember that this is not a normal business practice, police said.
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