Bay Woman Scammed for $8500 by ‘America Geeks’

Bay Village Police report that a resident was scammed for $8500 by an alleged computer repair company. Police warn all to NEVER allow anyone to remotely access your computer system.

Bay Police report:

On 01/04/2019, at 16:02 hours, a 61-year old Oak Cliff Drive resident arrived on station to report she had been scammed out of $8,500. She stated that in June 2017 she had dealings with a computer repair company called “America Geeks”, supposedly out of Glendale, California. A male with a foreign accent promised to remotely fix her Apple computer, although she could not remember what, if anything was wrong with it at that time. After they “fixed” her computer, they suggested billing could be more easily handled by allowing them to access her online banking, via her Apple computer. They withdrew an estimated $12,000 – $14,000 from her bank account, but she thinks they put back some, most of or all of the money. On 10/24/2018 “American Geeks” called back to say they were closing their business and, according to California law, had to return all of her money. To do this they would once again need to remotely access her bank account. She allowed this to happen. On 01/04/2019, her husband asked her what she knew about several lines of credit opened in her name, using their bank account. The bank was contacted and that was when the victim found out that between 10/24/2018 and 10/29/2018 $8,500.00 had been fraudulently deposited and then withdrawn from her account using the lines of credit as a source of funding.

Do not allow ANYONE to remotely access your computer system. Do NOT give anyone on the phone or on the computer any of your personal or financial information!

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