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Sheriff’s office shares story of ‘complex scam’ that nearly cost Lake County resident $20,000

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Sheriff’s office shares story of ‘complex scam’ that nearly cost Lake County resident $20,000

Police and UPS were able to recover $20,000 in cash a Lake County resident shipped to a scammer recently. | Provided Photo

The sheriff’s office is warning residents in Lake County about an elaborate online scam that caused one Lake County resident to send $20,000 in cash to a scammer.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said in a social media post on Saturday that the resident recently made a report with a sheriff’s deputy that they had been scammed into sending $20,000 cash to an individual posing as a PayPal employee.

The victim, the deputy and the UPS shipping store worked together to ultimately recover the package, which police said was unusual to be able to recover the funds. “Most of the time the victim’s money is not recovered.”

The sheriff’s office explained that the scam involves the person receiving an email, text message or phone call indicating an account of theirs, such as a bank account, PayPal account or other money account, has been used to make a purchase.

The message says to contact a certain phone number if the purchase is unauthorized.

The scammer hopes the victim does not verify the transaction with their banking institution first and instead call the number.

The scammer then engages the victim in additional dialogue and assures them they will help you fix your “hacked” computer and get a refund, the sheriff’s office said.

The scammer has the victim download a program, which is really a remote desktop – a way for them to access a…

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