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FAIRFIELD GLADE WOMAN SCAMMED OUT OF OVER $402,000

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A Fairfield Glade woman received a voicemail in August from “Amazon” stating that a package was being delivered to her home that contained over $1,000 worth of electronics. The 73-year-old woman returned the call and spoke to a female who claimed to be an Amazon Investigative Fraud Agent. She connected the woman with another subject, Arun Bangalore. Arun stated to the woman that a package she had ordered was scanned at Customs and the package contained narcotics and $94,000. He then told the woman she could be a victim of identity theft and/or criminal activity.

Two days later, the woman spoke to another subject who claimed to be Sotiris (Ted) Planzos of the Social Security Administration. Ted advised the woman that her case was now a violation of money laundering and drug trafficking. He told the woman that her Social Security number had been suspended and that she would need to obtain a new number.

The next day, the woman spoke with Ted again. Ted told her that she needed to safeguard funds that were in her bank account at a Credit union and transfer the funds into her checking account.

A couple of days later they spoke again. When the woman told Ted that she had transferred the money into the checking out, he emailed her information for her to make a wire transfer. She made a wire transfer of $60,076.00 to a bank in Atlanta, GA.

On September 1, the woman made another wire transfer in the amount of $245,000 to a bank located in Central, Hong Kong. On September 6, she made a final transfer for the amount of $97,500 to another bank in Flowery Branch, GA.

The woman had several interactions with several individuals during this incident. Contacts started on August 16, 2022, through October 31, 2022. She had a total loss of $402,576.00.

The woman has made contact with the real Social Security Administration and has a meeting scheduled. She has also tried to make contact with the IRS and her bank to resolve this issue.

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