FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – The Fort Wayne Police Department is delivering a strong warning about a new round of scams set up to steal your money.
The crooks are often posing as representatives of big retailers, government agencies or crime fighting organizations and like to target young people or the elderly.
82-year old handyman Tom Thompson of Fort Wayne wishes he would have just hung up the phone when a scam artist called him up about five days ago.
Thompson got that phone call early in the evening, the person on the line saying she was from Amazon and wanted to alert him to attempts by someone to make fraudulent charges to his Amazon account.
The woman told Thompson she could help him stop the theft if he went to a large retail store in town, bought $2,000 worth of gift cards and recited to her the numbers on the cards.
Thompson told us what happened next after he provided the card numbers to the crook on the other end of the phone.
“Will I get my money back that I paid for those cards? Oh, within two hours we’ll have it back in your bank account, she said, and all the time I was thinking about any way to avoid that $2,000 attempt to charge my account, so, I bought into it hook, line and sinker,” he said.
Sgt. Jim Seay runs the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Financial Crimes section.
He says he’s got five detectives in his department at any one time actively working dozens of fraud investigations.
He says nearly 350 fraud…