EUGENE, Ore. - The Eugene Police Department is warning of a scam involving PayPal and Bitcoin.
A Eugene woman was contacted by a scammer text claiming to be from "PayPal security." The text warned there was a problem with a recent transaction, which she had not made.
According to police:
When she called the number provided, the person at the other end advised they were transferring her on a secure line to her bank.
While speaking with the ‘bank’ she was asked to download a program allowing the scammer remote access to her computer. The person on the other end of the line then went looking around her computer for ‘problems’ and said there was a pending charge for $30,000 in Bitcoin.
She was advised to go to a Bitcoin ATM and deposit $30,000 into an account and provide photos of the receipt.
The woman lost $30,000 to the scam.
The Eugene Police Department would like to remind people to follow their instincts and never feel embarrassed about confirming the identity of a caller. This can be accomplished by contacting the represented agency directly via a published contact phone number and asking to speak with the individual directly or confirm the information with the agency’s non-emergency phone number.
Eugene Police recommends residents be skeptical of callers and offers these tips:
If you receive a phone call and recognize that the call is a scam, please hang up immediately and report the information to www.ic3.gov.
If you are the victim of a scam and have incurred a loss, please call the EPD non-emergency at 541.682.5111.
A list of common scams is available on the Eugene Police Department website.