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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Police Alert Public To Phone Scam

Pennsylvania State Police at Emporium would like to advise the public of a phone scam. Area residents have received phone calls, usualy from persons with a heavy foreign accent, requesting that they be allowed remote access to their computers in order to fix problems with the computer.

The resident will be asked to go to a certain web site and then run a program which will allow the caller the remote access. 

Please do not allow anyone such access to your computer/personal information. Access to such information may result in your identity being stolen and monetary loss. 

Never give out any information over the phone. 

3 comments :

Scott said...

I had this happen to me about a month ago (Ulysses). I led the caller on (Pakistani I presume), knowing full well this was a scam. I had him show me where my wife was keeping her porn, which of course there wasn't any. I had him tell me that having porn on my computer was very bad and that he could do what was needed to have it removed and never have it come back on my computer. My wife was laughing hysterically in the background, at which the caller finally realized I was teasing him.

Anonymous said...

Really? Seriously? People are letting unknown strangers call them and ask to remote into their computers? If you haven't called anyone regarding trouble with your pc, why on earth would you allow a phone call out of the blue from a total stranger access to it?

Anonymous said...

I got these calls and they said they were calling from Microsoft. I e-mailed Microsoft and they do not call or notify anyone about the computers. I gave them the phone number and when the scammers callled again I told them that I contacted Microsoft,WOW they hung up and I have not received any more calls..