HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A 78-year-old Hackettstown resident was scammed out of $7,500 to an online tech support company and they allegedly hacked into his computer.
Hackettstown police received the complaint on Wednesday from the resident stating he was using an online company allegedly called CORE IT, located in Sharjah a city in the United Arab Emirates, for nearly two years to fix and clean the internal workings of his computer, police said.
On Tuesday, the man received a phone call from Travis Carter saying that their business license expired, and he needed to refund money for the services they performed on the victim’s computer, police said.
The representative claimed that because their bank is not located in America, they would need to deposit a certain amount of money in the victim’s bank account and he will take the difference in gift cards, police said.
The man then purchased $7,500 in Target gift cards. He called the company and he checked his bank account online and saw they deposited $12,000 into his account. He then gave the company the gift card numbers, police said.
The man received a phone call from the company on Wednesday and they said to give them another $2,000 in gift cards or they would withdraw money from the victim’s checking and savings accounts, police said.
He then went to the bank to change accounts and was told that no one deposited $12,000 into his original account, police said.
It appears his computer was hacked, and the victim was looking at a fake online bank statement, police said.
“This type of scam is the first to be reported to our department and we want to make the public aware of this scam,” police said.