Brookville, PA – A Brookville man was scammed out of $2,000, and police want to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.

The unidentified man purchased a computer program, which gave scammers complete control over his computer.

The scammers later told the man that something was wrong with the program and they wanted to refund his money. However, they said in order to do the refund, they would need him to purchase gift cards for them.

The man bought two $500 gift cards from Walmart and gave the scam artists the information on the cards When the thieves claimed that those cards didn’t work, the victim bought two more gift cards for $250 and $750. The scammers then claimed that they were going to deposit the money into his account but never did.

The number that was used to call the man was 201-268-5416, but these numbers can be “spoofed” and may not reflect who was actually calling.

Only give money to people who you actually know, and you should even be careful doing that.

Never give anyone your card information, especially if you do not know who they are.

If someone promises you a larger amount of money if you give them a small amount of money first, it is likely a scam.

If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is.

If someone threatens or blackmails you for money, tell police immediately. You should also report any kind of suspected scam you receive.

Find more tips for avoiding scams at the Consumer FTC website.


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