DARIEN – A Darien resident received a call from a male who identified himself as an employee of Dish Network.
The caller advised the resident that if their contract was renewed, the resident would receive a free receiver, free channels and an iPad. The resident was instructed to go to Wal-Mart and purchase a Green Dot gift card for $270. The resident purchased the gift card and provided the caller with the card and PIN number, according to a news release.
The following day, the same resident received another call with the same deal. The caller hung up after being questioned about the free merchandise call the day prior.
This type of scam relies on the victim wishing to obtain free merchandise and Green Dot gift cards are a common way scammers get immediate money, according to a news release. With this information, the scammer can immediately transfer the balance off of the victims card, and the money is untraceable.
On Aug. 17, a Darien resident received a call from an unknown male who identified himself as employee from Windows (Microsoft) and asked the resident if they were experiencing computer issues. The resident did report some issues, and the caller then asked the resident to turn on her computer. The resident did not comply with the request.
These unsolicited calls are designed to gain trust of the residents. If the resident had complied with the request, the caller would then remotely access the computer and access all files including credit card numbers, bank account information, stored passwords and other personal information.