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Kelowna resident loses $35,000 in iTunes scam

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February 03, 2017 - 2:54 PM

KELOWNA – A man was ripped off to the tune of about $35,000 by a scam artist and police are warning others so they don't fall for it.

According to a release from Kelowna RCMP, the victim says he was contacted by someone with a South Asian accent claiming to work in computer support. The story the scammer told seemed believable because the victim had recently had work computer work done, Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in a release. 

The victim granted the scammer access to his computer.

"He was convinced to purchase tens of thousands of dollars in iTunes cards and then enter the information into his computer," O’Donaghey says.

Then, the scammer accessed the victim's international bank account and took thousands of dollars.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has recently seen an increase of complaints like this one.

The RCMP says if you are asked to pay for anything with an iTunes gift card, do not do it. Report the incident to the police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud centre.

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