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Scam messes with computers

Police are warning of another scam involving people who want nothing more than to mess with your computer and steal your personal and financial information.

Victims are contacted by a bogus Tech Support person, in some instances claiming to be from Microsoft, who scares them into believing that there is something wrong with their computer and that they need to take control of it and fix the phantom problem. Some of the calls are by persons trying to sell an Anti-virus program.

They may direct victims to a website to provide information and they will ask for Credit Card numbers so they can bill the victims between $100-$300 to fix the supposed problem or purchase the bogus Anti-virus program.

Once control is in their hands, the fake tech may try to extract information and/or plant clandestine programs that will collect information and send it to them.

Besides spewing out fake credentials, the fraudsters will provide fake call back numbers and will lie in order to make the ruse more convincing.

Do not let a stranger, who calls you out of the blue and tells you they are a tech support person, take control of your computer. These scammers cannot possibly know that there is something wrong with your computer unless they take control of it. When they tell you that you have a problem, the problem is them, so respond no thanks and hang up.

 

 

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