Elderly Man Falls Victim to Bank Scheme in Apple Valley
Authorities in Apple Valley, California are urging the public to stay vigilant after a 77-year-old man became the target of a bank scheme. On January 12, 2024, the victim received a phone call from someone claiming that his bank account had been hacked.
The scammer then instructed the elderly man to withdraw money from his account in order to keep it safe. The victim was told to place the money in a box and wrap it with brown paper for pickup by a courier. Later that day, someone arrived to collect the box with the money inside.
The following day, the same victim received similar calls and went to his financial institution to withdraw more money. Fortunately, bank employees recognized that the victim was being scammed and contacted a family member. Deputies were called to the victim’s residence on Tehachapi Road in Apple Valley.
During the investigation, the scammer called the victim’s home and provided information about the arrival of the courier for the additional money. Deputies waited in the area and apprehended the suspect, 19-year-old Kayvaughn Omaryeades Larry, a resident of Apple Valley.
Kayvaughn Larry was arrested for obtaining money by false pretense and being an accessory to a crime. He is currently being held at the High Desert Detention Center on $15,000 bail.
The Apple Valley Police Department is reminding citizens to be on the lookout for phone scams, as they are rampant and can result in billions of dollars being stolen from victims each year. It is important to always verify any information provided by a caller by hanging up and contacting the business or institution directly to ask questions.
Financial institutions will never ask anyone to withdraw money and package it for a courier to pick up. If you have been a victim of a scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at ReportFraud.ftc.gov. This information helps track scams, alert the public to new schemes, and aid in prosecution.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Deputy Belvin at the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station or call Sheriff’s Dispatch. Anonymous tips can be submitted to the We-Tip Hotline or through the We-Tip website.
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