Police: Woman scammed out of over RM160,000 by Apple hacking scam

CHESTERTON A 53 year old Chesterton resident who believed her Apple account had been hacked was defrauded out of almost US$35,000(RM164,360), according to a Chesterton Police Department statement.

Fraudsters told the woman that she had to deposit her money into a Bitcoin ATM.

The police said that the woman was surfing on her iPad and “got a full screen popup notifying her that her Apple Account had been hacked”. She then clicked a link for “rectifying” the situation.

The woman was contacted by “Anthony Brown”, with “Apple Security” after clicking on the link.

Police said that he thanked her for taking action so quickly to correct the situation, and then asked what bank she used. “She told him, and he said that she would transfer her to a secure line to speak with someone at her bank,” police said.

Police said that “Garrett” took over the phone and informed her that it appeared as if US$35,000 had been withdrawn (RM164360) from her account in order to buy child pornography both in Russia and China.”

Chesterton’s resident said she would never do such a thing. Police said the scammer told her that if she wanted dispute the charge she would have to withdraw US$35,000 from her bank account and deposit it into a Bitcoin ATM.

Police said that the woman was given only two hours to finish her task. This is part of a scam. She withdrawn US$10,000 (RM46.960) from the Chesterton branch of her bank. She then withdrawn the remaining US$35,500 (RM164 360) from the Valparaisobranch of her bank.

The woman was told that her CoinHub ATM code expired when she arrived at the Bitcoin ATM in Portage.

The scammer gave her a new machine and the resident, along with her son,’stuffed’ the US$100 notes into the machine.

Police said that “Garrett” told her she would have to wait up to 72-hours to get her money. When she told him that she was US$400 short (RM1,878) of the US$35,000 demanded (RM164360), he told to not worry about it, and to consider the US$400 as a reward for her prompt action.

A Federal Reserve agent would also call the woman in a day or two. The police advised the woman to “not accept any more texts or phone calls about this scam, because it is a scam.

The woman told the police that English was not their primary language when asked.

Police said that the woman was told by her bank that if she made a withdrawal, and then did something “unwise”, it would not be covered under fraud protection. She was told that it was unrealistic to give hope when she asked the police about a possible refund from a law-enforcement angle.

Police said: “She realizes that the US$35,000 is most likely gone.”

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