Attempt to scam $14,000 from county man thwarted

A scammer pretending to be from a computer security company attempted to take $14,000 from a Johnson County man.

A man claiming to be with a computer security company called the man Tuesday morning shortly before noon, claiming that the company was shutting down and that he needed access to the man’s credits card in order to make a refund, a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report said.

When the man, who did use the computer service, provided the caller with a card number, the caller told him it wasn’t the correct one on file and asked for another card number, which the man provided, the report said.

The man began to become suspicious after receiving several further calls from the man asking for various authorizations. When he received email alerts saying money was being transferred from his bank account, he contacted his bank, which was able to cancel the transfers.

The scammer had attempted to take $14,000, the report said.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.