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Jefferson Co. man robbed of $4,100 in phone scam

State police are warning residents of potential scams after $4,100 was stolen from a Jefferson County man. (MGN)

State police are warning residents of potential scams after $4,100 was stolen from a Jefferson County man.

Police say the man received a phone call from someone impersonating an employee from a company with which he had previously done business.

According to police, the unknown caller told the man he had been charged too much and would be refunded, so the man downloaded an app and gave the caller access to his computer.

The victim logged into his bank account while the caller had control of his mouse and screen, police say.

Police say the caller then blacked out the victim’s screen and added fake refunds into his bank account.

The caller then told the man he had accidentally added too much money to his bank account and asked him to mail the cash to a post office in New York.

The victim realized the money deposited into his account was fraudulent after he mailed the money to New York.

Police say to always double check who you are talking to on the phone and remember that legitimate businesses will not ask that you send them cash or gift cards through the mail.

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