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Computer scam warning
7:50am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Local
A NURSE has warned computer users against falling for a scam which has forced her to ditch her PC and block her internet banking.
After experiencing problems with her computer, Beverley Power’s suspicions were not raised when she took a phone call at her Halesowen home from someone claiming to be from Virgin Media’s technical support.
She allowed them remote access to the machine and after 20 minutes was told they had detected 6,000 viruses which could be rectified at a cost of £199 for a nine-year security system.
Alarm bells rang and after her husband Charles joined in the telephone conversation and suggested waiting for their computer savvy son to come home, the female with an Asian accent hung up.
Mrs Power, of Blackford Close, is a Virgin Media customer and when she reported the incident the company confirmed it was a scam.
Police computer fraud officers have added the details to their data base as part ongoing investigations to catch internet fraudsters.
Mrs Power said: “I just want to warn people not to be taken in. I’m not usually gullible, but we’d had problems with our computer, we are with Virgin Media and I was tired after working long hours.”
Not knowing what information may have been stolen from her 10-year-old computer, she has shut it down and is planning to buy a new one.
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