WHEATFIELD – An online computer scam nearly cost a Crestwood Court woman $4,000 recently, sheriff's investigators said.
The victim told police that she received a message on her computer in June stating that there was a problem with the machine, and that a company could fix the issue for a $499.99 charge. The woman said that she signed up for the service from the company, called CBI*Reimage-PCFIX, and made the payment. Afterward, she said that she was contacted repeatedly by two men claiming to be from the company, who constantly asked for more money.
She sent the company a check for an additional $350, but noticed that the transaction appeared as a $3,500 debit on her bank account. She contacted her bank, which she said reimbursed her for the fraudulent transaction, but she later noticed an additional $199.92 charged to her account without her authorization.
She closed her accounts and an investigation into the incident was launched. Preliminary investigation tracked the source of the fraud to a location in Illinois, police said. An investigation is continuing.