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Local resident scammed out of nearly $45,000

Two people posing as a Chase Bank employee and a Microsoft contact scammed a Birmingham resident out of $44,500 after leading the woman to believe a virus took over her computer.

The woman told police that she had received a notification on her computer on Thursday, May 4, saying that it had a virus and she needed to call Microsoft and when she did, gave the fake employee remote access to her computer.

Reportedly, the next day the woman was connected to a fake Chase Bank employee, who said that a bank account transfer was necessary and she needed to open a new account.

She told officers she went to the bank location in Bloomfield Hills and had the money transferred over to the new account but had no more contact with the two scammers after the money went through.

Police told her to freeze her accounts and credit and said an investigation into the incident is ongoing.


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