Wallingford police warn of cryptocurrency scam after resident robbed of 19K

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – The Wallingford Police Department is warning residents to be aware of a cryptocurrency scam after a town resident was robbed of $19,000 worth of Bitcoin.

According to police, the victim was forced to send $15,000 to a scammer posing as a representative of a computer service.

The victim received a pop-up notification from his computer saying his device had been compromised, and the scammer posing as a technician said he would need Bitcoin to fix the problem. The scammer told the police to send him money via Bitcoin and the victim then sent the funds to a local Bitcoin kiosk.

The victim later realized that she had been scammed and went to the Wallingford Police Department headquarters to repeat the crime.

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After a lengthy investigation, the police were able to locate and recover the $19,000 in funds for the victim. Police said no arrest was made as the suspect was in another country.

Wallingford Police remind residents to be careful when faced with security breaches on their personal electronic devices. Police say never send money in any way to anyone, especially Bitcoin, who claims to be a service technician who can diagnose and fix your computer problem.

Wallingford Police say that if you are facing a similar problem, contact your local police department for guidance.

If anyone has questions about the specific Bitcoin case, they can contact the Wallingford Police Department at (203) 294-2800 or visit their website.

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