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Torrington woman falls victim to iTunes gift card scam

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This 82 year old's entire life savings gone in an instant. (WFSB) This 82 year old's entire life savings gone in an instant. (WFSB)
TORRINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

A Connecticut woman was scammed out of about $9,000.

"I just can't believe that I was stupid," Torrington resident Concetta Perry said. "I got so upset."

Perry spent her 82nd birthday feeling humiliated and devastated after she said she lost her entire life savings to this telephone scam.

"I cry every day," Perry said. "I cry every day because I don't have any money coming in except for our social security."

Perry said the whole incident started with a phone call from who she thought was her grandson asking for help. Then, a man, who claimed to be a police officer, got on the line and said she needed to send $9,000 to get him out of jail.

"I never even heard of iTunes cards...and he told us what to get...iTunes cards," Perry said.

Perry had her daughter Maria Kelleher withdrew the money and then went to two local supermarkets to buy 18 iTunes gift cards, which was worth $500 a piece for a total $9,000.

Kelleher then called the number back and gave them the activation codes. Maria Perry said that phone call is something she now deeply regrets.

"$9,000 you lost," Kelleher said. "Your whole life is gone because I allowed someone to take advantage of you and I have a hard time living with that."

When her grandson called to wish her a happy birthday, Concetta Perry said knew she was scammed.  

"It kills me to think that someone can hurt an old person like that," Maria Perry said.

The Torrington Police Department is investigating Perry's case, but said it's difficult to track these types of scams. Police recommended if someone asks you for money to give them a call.

Eyewitness News also reached out to Apple to see if they're doing anything to prevent this scam from happening, but the station did not hear back from the company.

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