Kupuna loses $50,000 from scam call | #phishing | #scams | #cybersecurity | #infosecurity | #hacker



HONOLULU (KHON2) — Imagine getting a phone call from a company saying they owe you a refund. That’s what happened to an Oahu kupuna.

“However there was a fraudster claiming to be with MacAfee,” said Bunny Tanaka from Hawaii State Federal Credit Union.

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That’s the internet security company. The fraudulent caller said they wanted access to the kupuna’s computer.

“So what happens, is this fraudster ended up getting kupuna on computer and from $500 refund, it amounted to a $50,000 loss,” explained Tanaka.

Tanaka said the customer lost $50,000 and that “it can happen in a matter of seconds.”

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