Police warning after elderly Dorchester woman falls victim to scam

Police warning after elderly Dorchester woman falls victim to scam

Police warning after elderly Dorchester woman falls victim to scam

First published in News

AN ELDERLY woman from Dorchester has been scammed out of more than £700 by fraudsters.

Police say conmen are now using phones to break in to computers.

Officers say the fraudster claims to be a computer technician associated with well-known companies like Microsoft.

They say that they have detected viruses or other malware on the computer to trick victims into giving them remote access or paying for software they don’t need.

A spokesman from Dorchester Police said: “These scammers take advantage of your reasonable concerns about viruses and other threats.

“They know that computer users have heard time and again that it’s important to install security software. But the purpose behind their elaborate scheme isn’t to protect your computer; it’s to make money.

“Do not give your personal details such as your bank account and pin in any circumstances.”

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1:47pm Wed 28 May 14

Dorset Boy says...

I get on average 2 calls a week by these scammers. Can't say on here what I tell them, but the second word is 'OFF'
I get on average 2 calls a week by these scammers. Can't say on here what I tell them, but the second word is 'OFF' Dorset Boy
  • Score: 11

1:55pm Wed 28 May 14

mr commonsense says...

Thank you Dorset Boy that is really helpful !
Thank you Dorset Boy that is really helpful ! mr commonsense
  • Score: 2

3:49pm Wed 28 May 14

marabout says...

Oh, I love it when these people ring me. I have them on the phone for ages whilst they demonstrate how to open windows (I often tell them that the latch is broken and I am unable to pen the window). My record is 35 minutes on the phone until I eventually admitted that I was scamming him.
Oh, I love it when these people ring me. I have them on the phone for ages whilst they demonstrate how to open windows (I often tell them that the latch is broken and I am unable to pen the window). My record is 35 minutes on the phone until I eventually admitted that I was scamming him. marabout
  • Score: 8

5:07pm Wed 28 May 14

JackJohnson says...

If anyone calls you to tell you there's a problem with your computer it IS a scam. End of.
If anyone calls you to tell you there's a problem with your computer it IS a scam. End of. JackJohnson
  • Score: 3

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