Police Warn Of New Computer Repair Phone Scam

Monday February 10th, 2014

Posted at 12:10pm

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Windsor Police have issued a warning to the public about a phone scam that has been targeting area residents.

Police say the scam works when a caller requests you log into your home computer. The caller typically identifies themself as some sort of computer agency doing authorized computer maintenance and repair.

According to police, the caller will have you enter various commands in a certain sequence into your computer system. These commands will cause your computer to act in a manner that is strange. The caller will attempt to convince you that you have viruses that require immediate fixing. The caller will promise a “fix” and will attempt to gain access to your credit card or banking information.

Windsor Police say they recently received a complaint from a citizen where a suspect identified himself as a Windsor Police officer assigned to the Fraud office. When the citizen asked the “Officer” for a badge number, the caller hung up. Police say the call was not legitimate as computer repair is not something they would be calling for.

The Windsor Police service is reminding the public to be vigilant whenever they receive suspicious calls such as this.

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