Computer fraud scam

17 Jun 2016 13:18 PM

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Police are advising residents to be on their guard after they were alerted to a computer scam operating in the Berwick Upon Tweed area.

Scammers have been cold calling residents by telephone saying they were from a computer technology firm and they were calling because the resident had a virus on their computer. 

The scammer then asks for remote access to their computer so they can get rid of the virus. Once the scammers have remote access they put software on the computer with a timer on it, without the householder's knowledge. The scammer tells the resident the virus has been removed and there is not problem.  A few days later the timer is activated and the computer crashes. 

It then displays a notice on screen with a telephone number to ring to get the computer fixed.  When the householder rings the number they are asked for hundreds of pounds to fix the computer.

Some scammers have asked the householder to pay in computer currency, bit coins, and have been told how to buy them on-line, others have been asked to make an anonymous transfer of cash.

Berwick Neighbourhood Sergeant Steve Crane, said: "We want to make people aware of this scam so they don't fall foul of it. 

"If you receive a cold call from a computer company asking to remotely log onto your computer, then simply terminate the call and report the offence to the police.  We don't want anyone else to have their computer affected and to suffer a financial loss."

For more information about how you can stay safe on-line visit the force website

Anyone who thinks they could be a victim of this type of fraud should contact police on 101 and quote reference number 229 15/06/16.




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