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West Nyack man loses $35,000 to scam that stemmed from malware subscription

Jeff Sherer, of West Nyack, tells News 12 that he received an email back in January regarding a malware subscription that would automatically renew unless he called to cancel.

News 12 Staff

Apr 27, 2021, 7:21 PM

Updated 1,146 days ago

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A West Nyack man was recently scammed out of $35,000 by conmen in Peru.
Jeff Sherer, of West Nyack, tells News 12 that he received an email back in January regarding a malware subscription that would automatically renew unless he called to cancel.
On the other end of the phone were scammers who convinced Sherer to allow them to access his computer and bank account. The Rockland man was told a cancellation form would be sent and $300 would be refunded to his bank account for the subscription.
But he says the scammers created fake bank documents and told Sherer they accidentally deposited $35,000 into his account, which he needed to immediately return.
Unaware of the scam, Sherer went to TD Bank in Nanuet and wired the money to Peru.
“It took a long time for my account to build that amount of money up and I’m on fixed income,” says Sherer. “I depend on that money to pay my bills.”
Since the risky deposit, the West Nyack resident has been dealing with TD Bank to try and get his funds back.
Recently, state senators passed a bill called New York State Senate Bill S166B that could potentially prevent scams like such from happening again. The bill is currently awaiting approval from the Assembly.  


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