MONROE, CT — A local man applying for a loan lost $12,000 in a scam, according to a police complaint filed Wednesday.
While applying for the loan, police said the man received an email with a phone number to call. The man he called told him to buy several Apple gift cards and to send a photo of the cards and the receipt to him, along with his personal banking information.
The con artist told the victim this was to improve his credit score and promised the money spent on the gift cards would be returned to his bank account.
The Monroe resident bought $12,000 worth of Apple gift cards and was not reimbursed.
Police said the victim contacted his bank and was also told he should contact the three major credit bureaus.
Police said no legitimate lender would ask customers to buy gift cards.