Eau Claire (WQOW) - Despite warnings, some people in our area are still falling victim to internet and phone scams.
The most recent scam Eau Claire police want you to know about is people calling and asking for specific gift cards, and they want you to send those card numbers over the phone.
Detective Cory Streeter told News 18 this specific scam started as a pop-up on people's computers asking them to purchase anti-virus software. They would then get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Better Business Bureau, telling the person they were a victim of a scam, so they would be getting a refund. The victim would then get another call, saying they got too much of a refund, so they needed to purchase an iTunes gift card and give the information from that card to the caller.
So, as you can imagine, the scammers went through layers of work to get money from people, which Detective Streeter said, in some cases, cost people more than $1,000.
"Any time you're getting a phone call, or receive and email, or even a pop-up on your computer saying that you're at risk and that you need to pay something, or something that's too good to be true, often times it is too good to be true," said Detective Streeter.
Streeter said the best way to avoid these scams is to be diligent and skeptical of calls or emails, even asking a friend about legitimacy could save you a lot of time and money. Detective Streeter also said you can always report to police if you think you've been victim of a scam.