Little Hulton and Walkden computer conmen warning
11:22am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
Gangs have been calling claiming to be staff from the Windows recovery team — but it is an elaborate trick to gain access to personal computers and information.
Trading Standards officers at Salford City Council say it is the latest variation in a long-running world-wide scam.
Cllr Gena Merrett, assistant mayor for housing and environment, said: “The callers pose as help desk staff from Windows or Microsoft and claim they’ve been given your details by your internet service provider. They will claim your computer has problems such as running slowly or having a virus. They will ask you to log on so they can fix it. Once you give them access to your computer they can lock you out and have access to all your personal information.
“They can also try to demand large sums of money to ‘fix' the problem they have created. If you get a call like this report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.”
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