Madison woman loses $800 in rebate scam

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- According to Madison Police, a 72-year-old woman was scammed out of $800 when a caller said she was to receive a rebate from his "company."

She told Madison Police that she did not recall the name of the business, but said she was to receive $65 as long as she installed "TeamViewer" software on her computer.

The software allows someone to remotely access your computer. The man then got into her computer and opened a web page showing the woman her credit union and made it look as though her rebate had grown to $200 and later $2,000. The caller then informed the woman that her account should not have grown to $2,000 and that because it was his "company's" fault, she would only need to refund $800.

The caller told the woman to go to a store and purchase eight $100 iTunes cards.

Once she returned, there were web boxes on her screen for her to enter the cards' numbers. After doing this, she checked with her credit union, which informed her that there was never a rebate transaction.

The woman then contacted police.

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