Local resident scammed by phony Apple Support

JONESBORO, Ark. —A local resident has become the latest victim of a scam, this time perpetrated by individuals posing as Apple Support, according to a report filed with the JPD on Thursday.

The incident took place between May 24 and May 25, during which a 67-year-old woman was coerced into purchasing prepaid cards totaling $1,499.99. The initial incident report revealed that the victim received a call from someone claiming to be Apple Support. The individuals she spoke to were actually scammers who manipulated her into buying the prepaid cards as part of a fraudulent scheme.

The case has been reviewed by the Criminal Investigation Division and is currently listed as inactive pending any new developments or additional information. The victim has reported the incident to the Attorney General’s Office and is actively working to dispute the charges with her bank. However, locating the suspect proves to be a challenge in these types of scams, as they often reside outside the victim’s jurisdiction, and possibly even outside the country.

If apprehended, the suspect would face charges for each instance of theft committed. In this particular case, theft exceeding $1,000 but less than $5,000 is classified as a Class D felony, carrying a maximum sentence of six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Scams and fraudulent activities targeting unsuspecting individuals have seen a rise in recent years. Authorities strongly advise the public to exercise caution and verify the authenticity of any communication or requests for personal information before taking any action. It is important to note that if someone asks for money through a gift card, it is almost certainly a scam.

Apple Support has published an article on recognizing and avoiding being the victim of scams, including by those pretending to be with their department.

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