A Johnston County senior citizen lost a large sum of money to scammers. The 74 year-old Smithfield resident said she was swindled out of $14,000 and authorities say it is unlikely they can recover the money.
The victim said she received two separate phone calls from scammers, one claiming to be with Chase Bank and the other from BB&T Bank fraud department. Following conversations with the victim, they somehow convinced her to obtain $14,000 in gift cards then give them the card numbers.
Law enforcement says a fast-growing telephone scam involves individuals pretending to be with a bank fraud division and claiming there has been a fraud attempt on their account. They often ask for a bank account or social security number as proof they are a customer. They can even spoof the phone number of your local bank on caller ID.
Authorities are still investigating the specifics on how this particular victim was scammed.