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Troy Police Say Resident Lost $14,000 In Phone Scam

January 22, 2019 - 6:09 pm

TROY (WWJ) - Troy police are warning the public after a woman lost thousands of dollars to scammers over the phone. 

According to investigators, the 34-year-old victim, a Troy resident, received a call from a man last week claiming to be from a Social Security Office in Baltimore, Maryland.

The man, who said his name was “Patrick Dawson," said the woman had two warrants out for her arrest that they could be suspended if she paid him. 

The crook, police said, asked for the victim’s personal information -- including her banking information -- which she provided. The victim was then turned over to man using the name “Jeffrey Tribiano” who then convinced her to withdraw $2,000 in bit coins.

Police say the victim spent seven to eight hours on the phone with the suspect, who eventually convinced her to purchase over $12,000 gift cards from Apple, Target, and Google Play and read him the serial numbers.

Eventually, police said, the woman spoke to a friend who told her she was being scammed. 

Several of the cards were used at a Target store in Madison Heights, police said, while others were used at a store in Tigard, Oregon. It does not appear that the victim will be able to get her money back.