Elderly woman’s bank account drained of $30K after scammer drove to her house and convinced her to hand over the cash

AN 83-YEAR-OLD woman has fallen prey to a telephone scam that cost her $30,000.

The woman revealed that she’d received a phone call from a number posing as the “fraud department” of her bank.


An 83-year-old woman from Marin County, California, has lost $30,000 to a scammerCredit: Getty
She quickly realized the scam and worked with the sheriff's office to catch the suspect


She quickly realized the scam and worked with the sheriff’s office to catch the suspectCredit: Getty
The suspect, identified by the Marin County Sheriff's Office as a man named Hao Canh Diep, convinced her to give him the money and drove away in a Toyota Prius


The suspect, identified by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office as a man named Hao Canh Diep, convinced her to give him the money and drove away in a Toyota PriusCredit: Getty
Diep was arrested and is being held at Marin County Jail


Diep was arrested and is being held at Marin County JailCredit: Google Maps

The woman, whose name has not been released, lives in Marin County, California, and reported the incident to the local sheriff’s office.

She revealed that after the scammer convinced her there was an issue with her bank account and to withdraw $30,000 and hand it over to him.

He then drove to her house in a Toyota Prius to collect the money, local San Francisco station KRON reported.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said the scammer called the woman with a phone number disguised as her bank in her caller ID.

Later that week, scammers targeted the woman again, hoping to acquire $25,000 more.

Marin County Sheriff’s Office detectives monitored the woman’s home and were able to apprehend the suspect.

He was identified as Hao Canh Diep.

Diep was taken into custody for financial elder abuse and grand theft.

He remains in custody at Marin County Jail, according to the jail’s records.

The U.S. Sun has reached out to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office for comment.

A check-washing scam that robbed a man of $13,000

‘It was an invoice from PayPal’ distressed gran says after she called for help and lost $3,000 from her bank account_

A man recently revealed he was robbed of $13,000 thanks to a check-washing scam.

These scams involve criminals getting their hands on physical checks, and making changes to them like changing the name or the sum of money.

Ultimately, they could end up tricking the bank and redirecting the money.

The man is called Frank Collanto and is a small business owner from Massachusetts.

Despite being careful with his checks, dropping them off in person at the local post office, he was still the victim of a scam.

“I was angry, but then sick to my stomach,” he said.

While he was refunded, he had to wait a month to get the money back.

“It’s made me tighten up everything I do,” he explained.

“I got different checks that have holograms that can’t be washed, I got special pens with ink that won’t wash off.”

Top tips on avoiding scams from a bank

As scams become more sophisticated with the use of artificial intelligence, it is important you know how to spot a scam and how to avoid them.

  • Be skeptical of online deals that seem too good to be true, especially on social media.
  • Scammers will often use tactics to make you panicked so you make quick decisions – be cautious if you are told to take immediate action and verify who has contacted you.
  • Chase Bank warns customers to “never return any unexpected funds without calling Chase first.”
  • Never send money to someone you have only spoken to online or by phone as this is likely a romance scam.
  • Unless you 100% know who you are talking to, never give someone remote access to your device.
  • Never accept help from strangers at an ATM and always be vigilant when making withdrawals.
  • Do not send money or click any links indicating that you have won a prize.

Source: Chase.com

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