PRINCETON - Sheriff John Thompson wishes to advise and caution residents of Bureau County and the surrounding areas of unsolicited telephone calls from individuals claiming to have knowledge of your personal home computer. This is an unscrupulous attempt to gather personal information.
Recent reports from Bureau County citizens indicate there are unscrupulous individuals who are contacting residents by telephone and claiming to have a working technical knowledge of the resident’s personal home computer. The caller will identify himself or herself as a technology specialist who is employed by a “fake” technology company and will suggest that you have “problems with” or a “virus on” your computer. The caller will then try to entice you into providing them personal and confidential information that can place your financial assets in jeopardy. Reports indicate the caller consistently speaks with a strong foreign accent.
Sheriff Thompson suggests the best action to take when contacted by individuals who you don’t personally know, and, for matters which you have not requested assistance in resolving, is simply “hang up”. If they persist, “hang up” again and contact your telephone service provider nuisance division. A call to your telephone service center will direct you to their company support staff. These callers cannot access your personal home computer information without your help and support. They will make every attempt to convince you they are working on your behalf, however they will mislead you into providing some type of personal information that will allow them access to your personal assets.
Sheriff Thompson encourages you to stay close to your trusted family members for support and asks that you not provide any information to unknown individuals (or anyone) during a telephone conversation.