Jonesboro Man Falls Victim to $9,500 Scam by Fake Antivirus Company

JONESBORO, Ark. – A 68-year-old resident of Jonesboro reported being scammed out of $9,500 by an individual posing as a representative of a well-known antivirus company.

The incident took place last week in Jonesboro, and the victim filed a police report on the morning of June 24. The victim received an email from someone claiming to be affiliated with Norton Antivirus, according to the police report. The email informed the man that he was owed $350. Believing the email to be legitimate, the man called the provided phone number and provided the scammer with his bank account information.

To the victim’s surprise, the scammer informed him that he had mistakenly deposited $9,500 into his account. Exploiting the victim’s trust, the scammer instructed him to withdraw the funds and deposit them into a Bitcoin ATM located at a gas station on Caraway.

Upon receiving the report, the responding officer informed the victim that he had fallen victim to a scam and that the case would not be further investigated. Subsequently, on June 26, Detective Jacob Daffron classified the case as inactive.

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