A 57 year old Linden woman told police that she was the victim of a scam and lost approximately $1,700.
She told officers that on Monday she received a call from a woman, “Karen Smith”, who told her that a check for $1,969.82 was deposited in her bank account. The victim checked her account and did see the deposit as the woman stated.
The victim was soon instructed to go to a local pharmacy and purchase Apple iTunes gift cards for the total amount of the deposit and call her back with the PIN numbers. The woman also told the victim not to talk to anyone in the store.
The victim purchased a gift card for $500 and called Karen Smith with the PIN number, however, the victim was told to purchase additional gift cards matching the total amount of the bank deposit.
The victim purchased additional cards for $500 and $700 and gave the suspect the PIN numbers. She was then told that the money would be placed back into her account and she should wait for the deposit.
After a short while, the victim became suspicious and called her bank. It was then that the victim was told that the original check was bogus and her account had now been overdrawn.
Police warn residents to be aware of this scam and not to fall prey to callers demanding any time of immediate payments through gift cards.