Man scammed by fake tech company for $2500
OMAHA,NE(FOX42KPTM)-One Omaha man is now out of $2500 and a laptop. In January, he sent a $349 check to a company called "Mankind Tech".
"It was a tech company who said they wanted to monitor my computer, and call me if it's a problem," says Clinton Halley.
The company called Halley on Monday.
"They told me it was a problem with my computer and they said they could fix it. I gave them access to my computer."
However, they called back and said they could not do it. The company agreed to give him back the original amount he payed.
"They were going to send me $2,000 because they couldn't do increments smaller than $2000."
They told Halley he needed to pay them back in gift cards. The company used both gift cards.
"All they did for the $2000 was transfer it from my savings to checking to make it look it was there."
Halley claims the scammers even locked his computer. He had to buy a new one.
"They scammed me, that's all I can say about it."
"They're impostors that work for organized crime groups, says Jim Hegarty. He works for the Better Business Bureau.
He says these tech scams are getting more frequent and people are falling for them.
"Bottom line for folks is if you get a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft tech support or any tech support that claims there's an issue with your computer. You want to just hang up."