Scam Alert: Elderly targeted in Sullivan Co.

POSTED: 6:01 PM Oct 02 2013   UPDATED: 9:00 PM Oct 02 2013
ELDERLY SCAMS

There's a new scam targeting the elderly and the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office wants everyone to be aware of it. 

They say the scammers have been contacting residents and claiming to be with Microsoft.

70-year-old Myrtle Leonard is the latest victim. The Sullivan County woman tells us she got a call from a man who said he was with Microsoft and her computer needed work. "I believed him and he said he was going to clean up my computer for me," says Myrtle Leonard.

He walked her through the steps and then asked for a payment of $349. Leonard paid up and gave the scammer her credit card number.

Days later he called back, asking for more financial information and even offered up a small reimbursement. "[He said] instead of $349 it should be $345, and he wanted to know my bank number to put money back in. I said my bank doesn't have anything to do with this," says Leonard.

At that moment, she knew it was all a scam and alerted the authorities, but she'd already lost her money. 

The sheriff's office says hang up the phone if you get this kind of call. "If it's not something that you've wanted or you've asked for, you have to ask yourself: why are they calling," says Lt. Joe Smelser with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives say the scammers are hard to catch because they're usually from overseas.