Alameda Police Make Arrest in Connection with Fraud Case

Alameda Police Make Arrest in Connection with Fraud Case

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, the Fullerton Police Department assisted Alameda Police Department (APD) detectives with an arrest of a Fullerton man in connection with a fraud case that cost victims more than $100,000.

According to the APD daily activity log, Alex Le, 28, was arrested on forgery, conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretenses charges.

On July 3, APD detectives began investigating a potential scam where a computer pop-up informed victims that their devices had been compromised. The message provided users with a tech support number to help resolve the issue. After contacting the number, victims spoke with an individual posing as a representative from a legitimate company. This conversation led to the victims turning more than $100,000, according to an APD report.

The investigating patrol officer gathered several viable leads and forwarded the case to APD’s Investigations Unit. Detectives identified additional victims across the country linked to the same suspect. Many had similar experiences involving an unsolicited pop-up on their computer.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives are working to identify additional victims and recover the loss.

Le was arrested in Fullerton on Sept. 19, and was transported to the Santa Rita Jail where he is currently being held as of Friday, Sept. 22. He is being held on $80,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 25, at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland.

APD says scammers can pretend to be a representative of a well-known tech company through phone calls, computer pop-up messages, or emails.

“They may use technical terms to gain your trust and convince you that there is a problem with your computer. In reality, there is no issue,” states APD.

Here are a few reminders to help keep you and your finances safe:

  • Never give remote access to your electronic devices to people you do not know.
  • Never call a phone number listed on any unsolicited pop-up message.
  • Avoid downloading unknown files or software.
  • Use caution before clicking on unknown links.