DUNWOODY, Ga. — A woman reported she was defrauded out of thousands of dollars after she received a call from someone who claimed there were problems with her Social Security account.

Police were contacted Aug. 20 at the Target on Perimeter Center Place after the woman had purchased $7,000 in gift cards to pay her way out of trouble with the caller.

The woman said the call showed up as “Municipal Court Law Enforcement,” and the male caller said her she had multiple Social Security accounts. She was told that if she did not purchase $7,000 of Target gift cards and give him the numbers, she would be arrested. She immediately purchased the cards and gave him all of the information.

A Target associate told police that the request exceeded the limit of cards that can be purchased at once. The woman made multiple transactions to bypass the rule. The cards were confirmed purchased and the incident is currently under investigation.

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