BEAVER SPRINGS – A Snyder County woman was scammed out of $7,000 after police say someone claiming to be from her credit card company convinced her she had to provide cards -gifts to remove fraudulent charges on his account that did not exist.
Pennsylvania State Police, Selinsgrove, said the 67-year-old Beaver Springs woman received an alert on her computer that illegal images had been detected on her computer and there was a charge. fraudulent on his credit card. The woman clicked on the link in the notification to download a program that allowed an unknown person to access her computer.
Police say the woman spoke to two different people during the scam, one claiming to be from Microsoft and the other claiming to be from Discover. The woman was advised to go to the Lowe’s home improvement store and buy $7,000 worth of gift cards and tell the cashier the cards were for her son to buy tools if he was questioned .
The woman eventually realized there were no fraudulent charges on her card, but not before she provided the gift card numbers to the person posing as a Discover employee.
The police ask people to be aware of this type of scheme and if they are asked to provide gift cards as payment, it is most likely an attempted scam.
The investigation is ongoing.