Arlington Heights Scam Alert: Fake “Aol Online” Tech Support Call Results In $2,000 Lost from Bank Account

A fraud victim contacted what he though was AOL Online for technical support and was transferred to a call center in India. He was charged $50 for the service. Several days later a subject with an Indian accent called the victim and offered to refund the $50 fee. The offender asked for the bank account number to make a direct refund. The victim provided the account number and later discovered an unauthorized $2,000 withdrawal from the account. The withdrawal was made through Xoom.com – an online wire transfer company.

The fraud victim’s residence is in the 3200 block of North Volz Drive West.

The crime is reported to have occurred between Wednesday, January 23, 2013 and Thursday, January 24, 2013.

[From The Cardinal — Arlingtoncardinal.com: There have been recent spam emails sent out warning people that their Aol accounts are being closed.]

From Arlington Heights Police Department:
LEGITIMATE BUSINESSES WILL NEVER ASK FOR YOUR BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE OR ONLINE!

YOU SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS IF ANY PERSON ASKS YOU TO WIRE FUNDS. THIS IS A COMMON WAY SCAMMERS WILL GET ACCESS TO YOUR MONEY.

Anyone having information about this or any other serious crime in Arlington Heights should submit an anonymous text tip by texting the keyword 847AHPD and your message to 847411(tip411) or call Arlington Heights Crime Stoppers at (847) 590-STOP. Callers are guaranteed anonymity and may qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000.


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