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A Michigan man was asked to transfer 5,000 after a fake Costco employee said he was a suspect in an international crime ring

A Michigan man was asked to transfer $115,000 after a fake Costco employee said he was a suspect in an international crime ring

A Michigan man was asked to transfer 5,000 after a fake Costco employee said he was a suspect in an international crime ring

(CBS Detroit) – A Michigan man has been charged with involvement in an international criminal organization after a scammer told him his credit card had been fraudulently used at a Costco location in China, police said.

The Troy Police Department said the man reported the scam on June 21 and said he received a call in early May from an unknown man who said he worked in customer service at Costco.

This caller allegedly told the victim that her credit card had been used at a Costco location in China and that she had not paid the card.

Police say the victim told the caller that he had not visited China in years.

The caller then told her that she would have to file a report of the fraud with the police in China, so she transferred the victim to what she said was the police department.

The victim allegedly spoke to another man who told him he needed to file the police report via a Zoom call. Police said when the victim joined the call, he spoke to a man wearing a full police uniform who asked him questions about what had happened.

This “police officer” then told the victim that he was suspected of belonging to a multi-million dollar international criminal network dedicated to child kidnapping.

After that, the victim was connected to a case supervisor, who allegedly contacted him daily.

The victim was also allegedly asked to transfer $115,000 to a Wells Fargo bank account and then asked to transfer more money “to hold for his bail during the investigation.”