A 69-year-old Arnold woman was scammed out of $19,000 when someone claiming to provide computer help convinced her to send him cash through the mail, Arnold Police reported.
The woman contacted authorities at 10:06 a.m. July 31 about the scam that occurred between July 28 and July 30, a report said.
She told police she contacted a company called PH Help LLC by phone for help with her computer. She talked to a man claiming to be Phillip Johnson and gave him remote access to her computer, according to the report.
After fixing the problem, the man called her the next day and said he accidently transferred $20,000 into her bank account while he was working on her computer. He asked her to mail the money back to him, but he said she had to mail the money in cash, the report said.
The woman went to the bank on July 29 and withdrew $9,500 to mail along with another $10,000 to an address in Michigan, the report said.
The man called her again on July 31, claiming he accidently transferred money into her account again and needed her to mail it back to him. The woman said that is when she realized she was being scammed, the report said.
As of Aug. 7, there were no suspects, and the case was forwarded to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, Lt. Tom Leassner said.