Summerfield woman reports being victim of popular internet gift card scam

A 49-year-old Summerfield woman met with a Marion County sheriff’s deputy Thursday afternoon after realizing she’d been the victim of an internet scam.

The woman met the deputy at the sheriff’s office’s South Multi-District Office, located at 3260 SE 80th St. in Ocala, to report attempts to open several credit card accounts in her name.

The woman told the deputy that she had been speaking with a person on the internet and had given out her name, Social Security number and date of birth. She said the person told her money would be deposited into her bank account and she was to then purchase two gift cards, which she did. The person asked the woman to provide the account numbers for the gift cards and the woman said she now has money on her credit card that doesn’t belong to her, a sheriff’s office report states.

The deputy instructed the woman, who lives in the 4700 block of SE 149th Place, to contact her bank and review her open credit accounts to find out where the money was wired from. He also provided her with a case number and asked her to contact the sheriff’s office again when she obtains the bank records.