Senior has thousands stolen through Bitcoin scam
A senior Birmingham resident, living on the 2700 block of Yorkshire Road, was scammed out of roughly $3,500 on Wednesday, June 21, by an individual posing as a Microsoft employee.
The victim told police that her computer froze while she was using it, and then she got a message telling her to contact the fake Microsoft employee. She reported the employee told her that a fraudulent charge was found on her bank account, and she was then instructed to take money from her bank account to exchange for bitcoin.
According to reports, the victim exchanged the money for bitcoin at a local bitcoin ATM and sent the transaction to a specified address.
Later, she was told by the bank that she had been scammed.
Birmingham police are investigating.