Fairfax County Police have arrested a man who they say stole thousands of dollars from people across all 50 states through a gift card scam.

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Jiale Li, 26, of Blacksburg, was arrested on Sept. 1. Police say Li was running a phone scam where individuals would pretend to work for the IRS, Social Security Administration, Microsoft, or the DEA and tell victims that they would need to purchase a gift card to stay out of jail or to fix their account. 

Li would then use the gift cards to purchase more gift cards then sell them at a discounted rate of their value. 

Detectives identified hundreds of victims in almost all 50 states and say that Li purchased more than $500,000 worth of gift cards using the gift cards that were originally obtained from the victims. 

At the time of his arrest, Li was in possession of over $176,000 in laundered gift…

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