Scam Victim’s Story: 77-Year-Old Man Says He Lost Nearly $150K In Phone Fraud, Working To Raise Awareness
77-year-old Harvey Goodman says he’s out nearly $150,000 in his life savings due to a scam that police say is all too common.
“It can happen to absolutely anyone. They are slick, they are sophisticated. They are very fast talking and I’m a New Yorker, I thought I talked fast,” Goodman said.
Goodman said he called a group that purported to be affiliated with Microsoft, which fixed his computer for nearly $300. But a month ago, he got a notice his renewal was up for about $400. Not wanting it, he called a number with an 813 area code provided.
“This was a two-day ordeal. To make a very long story short. In order to get my $400 canceled, they had to take control of the computer. Bingo. That’s where I make my mistake,” Goodman said.
Goodman said he allowed access when he was told to type in the refund amount, and it wouldn’t allow him to enter the numbers.
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It starts with a broken computer nearly a year ago. Now, 77-year-old Harvey Goodman says he’s out nearly $150,000 in his life savings due to a scam that police say is all too common.
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It is essential that law enforcement knows about scams & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do.
Always report scams involving money lost or where you received money to:
- Local Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance [use caution, not advisable in all countries]
- Your National Police or FBI «www.IC3.gov» OR from within the U.S. «tips.FBI.gov»
- The Scars Worldwide Reporting Network «HERE» or on «www.Anyscam.com» [available anywhere]
This helps your government understand the problem, and allows law enforcement to add scammers on watch lists worldwide.
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