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home : news : north central illinois   May 22, 2015

9/5/2013 11:41:00 AM
Computer-repair phone scam pops up

NT Staff

Bureau County Sheriff’s Office is warning about another phone scam.

A resident ofBureauCountyreports that she received an unsolicited telephone call from an individual who offered to analyze and repair her family computer.

The caller spoke with a strong foreign accent and stated that for a fee, he would remotely connect to her residential computer and correct or repair any existing problems. The resident recognized the unwanted proposal as a scam and a potential threat to her privacy. That resulted in her hanging up on the caller.

“Contacts of this nature can only lead to you and your family being the victim of financial crimes. The solicitation of a ‘fee’ for this service can lead to people accessing and sharing (selling) your personal and private information that is contained within your computer. Even if they don’t access your computer, they can manipulate unknowing victims into paying for a service that has not been performed,” a press release from the sheriff’s office read.

“Whether telephonic or personal contact, we recommend you strongly inform all solicitors that you are not interested. Telephonic contact offers the simplest means of saying ‘No’, by hanging up the telephone.  Personal contact offers you the opportunity to tell them ‘No’ in person. Persistent individuals should be referred to your local law enforcement agency or the Bureau County Sheriff. You may contact the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office at (815) 875-3344 x 0 for immediate help and support.”

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