Police have warned the public about a telephone scam that has seen victims duped out of thousands of pounds.
The scam, known as Computer Software Service Fraud or Microsoft Tech Scam, see’s the victim being told there is an issue their computer and that it can be fixed for a fee. The victim is tricked into believing that they are being contacted by a legitimate business such as microsoft.
Most victims have been duped out of around £2oo but the police here have been instances of some victims being subjected to repeat victimisation leading to large losses, in one instance more than £70,000.
Detective Inspector Claire Stalley, Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “You will never be contacted by phone by Microsoft or your internet provider stating your computer has been compromised and for a fee it can be fixed.
“Never pass your bank details to anyone who cold calls or let someone have control of your computer remotely – it will be a scam.”
Fraud and potential scams can be reported to Action Fraud, the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre, viawww.actionfraud.police.uk/ or by calling 0300 123 2040.
Advice and information is also available on the Devon and Cornwall Police website: https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/crime-prevention/your-money/fraud/