Wednesday, January 9, 2012
A scam that's been going around for years has popped up in Harvey County and the sheriff's office is warning people to be on their guard.
They warn one phone call can lead to your computer getting hacked.
Someone calls you, claiming they're with Microsoft and says they noticed your computer has a virus. They offer to fix the problem, all you have to do is go to a website that allows them to access your computer from where they are.
Once the scammer has access to your computer, they're in and all the personal information you have stored is theirs. That's what happened recently to one Harvey county woman.
"She noticed that her mouse cursor was moving around the screen opening files that she didn't feel had anything to do with what they needed to be doing,” Chief Deputy Mark Hardtarfer with the Harvey County Sheriff's Office said.
Three other people have called the Harvey County Sheriff's Office saying the same scam artist tried to trick them.
Chief Deputy Mark Hardtarfer says the most important thing to remember is most software companies don't monitor individual computers.
"So if somebody is calling and saying, 'hey we noticed you had a virus,' that should be a red flag from the beginning letting you know there's no way they could know this,” Hardtarfer said.
Hardtarfer says if you get a call from someone about your computer, the best thing to do is ask for a number, tell them you'll call them back, and then call the company they say they're with to check up on their story.