SCAM ALERT: Wanatah man loses $20,500 to scam artist

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Published: Jan. 27, 2018 at 4:19 PM EST
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A LaPorte County man says he lost over $20,000 to a scam artist.

The 81-year-old Wanatah man told police he responded to a call about a $350 rebate.

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reports that the man called the toll-free number and talked to a man who said he was with Windows Technical Support and needed to update software on his computer. The victim followed the instructions and was locked out.

He was told to put money on gift cards to have the problem fixed. The man reportedly bought 14 gift cards worth $20,500.

The victim's bank and police are looking into what happened.