More than $10,000 in Bitcoin, gift cards lost in phone scam

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — A Sioux Falls man is out hundreds of {dollars} after falling sufferer to a phone scam.

Police say the 47-year-old man began getting calls on Thursday from somebody claiming to be with the Drug Enforcement Agency. The caller claimed the sufferer’s identify was a part of a cash laundering investigation and that he wanted to switch his cash to maintain it secure.

The sufferer finally purchased extra than $9,000 in Bitcoin and $1,700 in gift cards and gave the knowledge to the scammer.

“We simply need individuals to know these scams are on the market; they occur frequently. Do what you possibly can. Get some data, get a contact, identify and quantity however then confirm that by means of a special supply,” Officer Sam Clemens mentioned.

Police say in a case like this, the fee kind is an automated crimson flag.

No legislation enforcement company will ask for Bitcoin or gift cards for fee.

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