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Scammers sent Uber to take an elderly lady to the bank

Email scammers sent an Uber to the home of an 80-year-old woman who responded to an email scam at the right time, in a bid to make sure she gets to the bank and gets fired money to fraudsters. In this case, the woman realized she was being scammed before heading to the bank, but her story is a chilling reminder of how far scammers will go these days to rip people off.

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Travis Hardaway is a former music teacher turned application developer of Towson, Md. Hardaway said his mother last month responded to an email she received regarding the installation of a device from BestBuy/GeekSquad. Hardaway said the timing of the scam email couldn’t have been worse: her mother’s dishwasher had just died and she had paid to have a new one delivered and installed.

“I think that’s where she got lost, because she thought the email was about installing her dishwasher,” Hardaway told KrebsOnSecurity.

Hardaway said his mother called the phone number listed in the fake email from BestBuy and the scammers told her she owed $160 for the installation, which seemed fair at the time. -the. Then the crooks asked him to install remote administration software on his computer so that they could control the machine remotely and help him make the payment.

After logging into her bank and savings accounts with scammers staring at her screen, the phone fraudster claimed that instead of withdrawing $160 from her account, they accidentally transferred $160,000 on his account. They said they needed his help to make sure the money was ‘returned’.

“They took over his screen and said they accidentally transferred $160,000 into his account,” Hardaway said. “The person on the phone told him that he was going to lose his job because of this transfer error, that he did not know what to do. So they sent him information on where to transfer the money and asked him to go to the bank. But she told them, “I don’t drive,” and they told her, “No problem, we’re sending an Uber to come and help you at the bank.”

Hardaway said he was out of town when all this happened and luckily his mother eventually got pissed off and gave up helping the scammers.

“They told her they were sending an Uber to pick her up and he was on his way,” Hardaway said. “I don’t know if the Uber ever got there. But my mom went to the neighbor’s and they saw it for what it was: a scam.

Hardaway said he has since wiped his computer, reinstalled the operating system and changed his passwords. But he says the incident left his mother shaken.

“She’s really challenging herself now,” Hardaway said. “She’s not computer savvy and just moved here from Boston during COVID to be near us, but she lives alone and feels isolated and vulnerable, and stuff like that doesn’t help.”

According to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), older people are often targeted because they tend to be confident and polite. More importantly, they also usually have financial savings, own a home, and have good credit, which makes them attractive to scammers.

“Also, older people may be less likely to report fraud because they don’t know how to do it or because they may be too ashamed of having been scammed. The FBI warned in May. “They might also fear that loved ones will lose confidence in their abilities to manage their own financial affairs. And when an elderly victim reports a crime, they may be unable to provide detailed information to investigators.

In 2021, more than 92,000 victims over the age of 60 reported losses of $1.7 billion to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). The FBI says this represents a 74% increase in losses over reported losses in 2020.

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