In an attempt to defraud an elderly lady on Cape Cod out of over $100,000 via a computer virus scam, two men were detained, according to police, who
In an attempt to defraud an elderly lady on Cape Cod out of over $100,000 via a computer virus scam, two men were detained, according to police, who made the announcement on Wednesday.
According to Yarmouth officers, the two New Jersey men allegedly demanded money from the 78-year-old victim in Yarmouth in order to delete unwanted files from her computer.
Nikit S. Yadav, 22, and Raj Vipul Patel, 21, were detained as they returned to the woman’s house on Monday to collect the money, according to police, who claimed the woman had phoned a tech support number on Friday to request assistance with her computer.
Both men, who live at the same location in the Parsippany, New Jersey suburb of New York City, were charged with conspiracy and larceny over $1200 by false pretenses. It wasn’t immediately clear if they had legal representation that could comment on the accusations.
Police did not elaborate on the alleged computer virus plan, but law enforcement agencies in the area have issued alerts about various scams, such as those that prey on elderly people and hold computer systems at ransom.