Scam Alert! Elderly LaSalle Woman Preyed On By Phone Scammers

Monday November 30th, 2015

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LaSalle Police are warning about a phone scam that targeted a woman in LaSalle.

Last Friday an elderly lady in ‪‎LaSalle‬ got a call from a man who claimed to be a Senior Supervisor at CIBC Mastercard Services.

The man went on to question the lady regarding a $600 purchase made in China. The lady disputed the purchase and when asked for her client card number, she gave it.

She was then transferred to another man who claimed to be the head manager of client services. While this conversation was going on, transactions had already begun on her account and money was being transferred between her accounts and then out of her accounts to what police believe was the scam artist’s accounts.

Police say the suspects may have compromised other accounts and transferred the money without raising any alarm bells.

The elderly lady was on thephone for about 45 minutes.

When she called the bank less than half hour after her conversation she was told that over $62,000 had been transferred out of her bank accounts.

The elderly lady went to the bank and spoke to the staff CIBC Malden Road, and the transactions were reversed.

Had she waited a day or more this would not have been possible, police say.

Police are thanking the staff at CIBC Malden Road for acting quickly and stopping the scam.

They say the moral of the story is: “Do not give personal information over the phone – NO MATTER WHAT!”

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