Woman swindled out of $60K in ‘Best Buy’ scam in SC: Deputies

BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of a recent scam that defrauded a woman of thousands of dollars.

Deputies say the scammed happened in late July with the woman receiving an email from a party she believed came from Best Buy’s Geek Squad.

The email read that the woman’s protection plan was about to renew and if she wanted to cancel the renewal she would have to contact a number with an area code of 808.

The woman then called the number and spoke with a person identifying himself as “Dave.”

The alleged party said a payment had been processed and the woman had to allow him access to her computer and bank accounts through a “Team Viewer” program to get a refund.

After giving the party access to her computer, “the woman stated a pop-up appeared on her screen prompting her to enter the refund amount of $445,” deputies said. “Once she did, ‘Dave’ said she had mistakenly entered $45,000 and he would take care of it” and “an immediate wire transfer of $44,000 was made from her account.”

At this point, the woman said the line immediately disconnected.

Deputies say the next day, the woman said her investment portfolio was compromised and ‘Dave’ contacted her again. During this call, the alleged party threatened to “take all of her money if she didn’t send $20,000 to a Michigan address.”

The woman was compliant and sent the cash through…

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