MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A 52-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested after police say he stole money from a victim through a tech support scam.
On Jan. 11, a township resident contacted what she believed to be Apple Tech Support through a phone number she located in a Google search online, police said.
The “Tech support agent” advised the victim that there were several security breaches and that she needed to purchase gift cards and provide the security code from each card to the “agent”. The victim was also advised to send several payments through Zelle to different Zelle accounts, police said.
After a three-month investigation, the Mount Olive Township Investigations Division was able to identify and arrest Anthony A. Montanari for his involvement in the fraud, police said.
Montanari was charged with theft by deception and released pending a court appearance.
“Citizens are reminded that they should not share the security number from gift cards with anyone as a form of payment,” police said.