LOS ANGELES – Scammers under the guise as remote computer technicians are calling unsuspecting people using scare tactics in order to receive credit card payments.
These international callers, usually calling from a blocked or international number say that they are calling from the computer or software manufacturer to inform you that your computer has a virus or malware in immediate need of attention. The caller, in most cases then asks to take over the personal computer remotely in order to install software.
“To fix the problem, the crook inevitably asks for payment, usually several hundred dollars, via credit card or online transaction,” LA County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release.
- Contact the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov to report the incident
- Call the company of your computer to verify any possible problems
• Never give your personal identifying information, credit card information or bank account information over the phone
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