Press Release - Sugarcreek Police

New Scam Alert

1/8/20 -  An individual reported to the Sugarcreek Borough Police a newer scam dealing with "Amazon" accounts. 

Victim reports being called by "Amazon" stating that they had an outstanding debt through an Amazon Prime account for a minimal fee. The scammer then talked the victim in to giving them remote access to their computer to "fill out forms" to get the account taken care of.

As soon as remote access was given the scammer had access to all online banking and sales and was able to remove a large amount of money from the victims savings account and into their checking account.

The scammer then sent the victim information on what bank account the funds were to be transferred to and they would take the small amount owed and place the rest of the money back into their account.

The victim noticed that the bank the money was to be sent to was from Hong Kong and refused to go any further with the transaction.

A check with the victims bank did show the scammers did transfer the large amount of money from the savings account into the checking account. The victim in this case was not out any money.

Residents are warned to never give remote access of a computer or other device to anyone, nor give out personal information over the phone. If in doubt stop the conversation and call the actual company yourself at a verified number.
Below is the form the scammer wanted the victim to give to the bank to complete the transfer, victims info has been redacted and all misspellings are how information appeared on original paperwork.

BANK NAME - BANK OF CHINA (HONG KONG) LIMITED HONGKONG

ACCOUNT NUMBER - XXXXXXXXXXX

FOREING CURRENCY ACCOUNT - XXXXXXXXX

BANK ADDRESS - BANK OF CHINA TOWER, 1 GARDEN ROAD, CENTRAL, HONGKONG

SWIFT CODE - BKCHHKHH

BANK CODE - 012

ACCOUNT HOLDER ADDRESS - HAN ZUANGDONG, WANJIA VILLAGE COMMITTEE, WANJIA TOWN, PINGXING COUNTRY, HENAN PROVINCE, CHINA