Elderly Scam Thwarted, Arrest Made

On February 6, 2024, the Fairfield Police Department arrested Bin Sun (DOB 08/19/1996) of Brooklyn, NY on charges of Criminal Attempt at Larceny 1st Degree (C.G.S. 53a-49/53a-122) following a reported scam targeting an elderly resident.

The investigation began when the victim received an email earlier in the day, purportedly from "Geek Squad," falsely claiming a $525.00 purchase. To dispute the charge, the victim called the phone number provided in the email and spoke with a male who claimed to be a member of Geek Squad. Believing the interaction to be legitimate, the victim unsuspectingly provided bank account information and granted remote access to her computer, under the false pretense of receiving a refund.

The scammer manipulated the victim into believing a fictitious refund of $25,000.00 had been mistakenly processed. The victim was then coerced into withdrawing $20,000.00 in cash from her bank, with additional plans to collect $5,000.00 the following day. The scammer assured the victim that someone would stop by their home to collect the initial $20,000.

Fairfield Police Detectives, in collaboration with the victim, initiated a surveillance operation to apprehend the scammer. Detectives observed a vehicle park across from the victim’s home, matching the description provided by the scammer. The operator of the vehicle was subsequently identified as Bin Sun (DOB 08/19/1996) and was detained.

Upon detaining Sun, a search revealed a substantial amount of cash on his person. Further investigation revealed that Sun had traveled from Brooklyn, NY, with the intent to fraudulently obtain funds.

Bin Sun (DOB 08/19/1996) was charged with Criminal Attempt at Larceny 1st Degree and was initially held on a $10,000.00 bond. He is scheduled to appear at Bridgeport Superior Court on 02/20/2024. Sun was released from custody after posting the state-required minimum of 7% of his bond.

"This operation highlights the dedication of our Detective Bureau and Patrol personnel in protecting our community from scams targeting vulnerable individuals. Their quick response and decisive action prevented a significant financial loss."

Residents are urged to remain vigilant against scams, verify communications, and promptly report suspicious activities to police.

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Bin Sun (DOB 08/19/1996)

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