WEST ORANGE, NJ — A West Orange resident thought he was spending nearly $330 to fix his home computer network. Instead, he recently learned that he was the victim of theft by deception to the tune of $23,650, according to a police report.

The man, who was not named in the report, said he was having issues with his network for two months, according to police.

He found a phone number for a business called Seek Cure Solutions, a computer tech-service outfit that promised to remedy his computer headaches for $329.99, police said.

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The man did as he was told, writing out a check in the requested amount and arranging for it to be picked up at his apartment complex by FedEx on March 13.

But on April 21, the Seek Cure Solutions representative called him with bad news—they were going out of business. The business could refund him his payment, the representative said, but only by direct deposit into the man’s checking account, the report states.

Again, following directions, he told police he gave Seek Cure Services his banking information only to learn that the minimum amount of money that could be deposited was $10,000. He learned that he would have to pay Seek Cure Solutions $9,670 from a local Walmart, according to the report.

It was then that the man contacted the bank and discovered his bank account that once had $23,650.98 was empty, the report states.

The man contacted the bank, reporting what had happened, freezing the transfer and the associated account before calling police, the report states.