A savvy Porter
resident recently put the kibosh on a phone scam and had some fun doing it,
Porter Police said.
But PPD Lt. John
Lane is still warning folks to beware of this relatively new scam, which
capitalizes on folks’ fear of computer viruses.
It works this way.
Some guy claiming
to work for Microsoft calls you and says that your computer has been
“popping up” in the Microsoft system and looks to be infected with a virus.
He may then ask you for personal information which would allow him to “gain
access to your computer in order to fix it”
Or he may try to
persuade you to pay for his repair services with Green Dot cards.
Either way, it’s a
Lane said that a
Porter resident called recently by such scammer knew all about the angle and
decided to play games with the guy, telling him, for instance, that the call
was being traced.
But not everyone is
hip to the grift. “If you have legitimate concerns about your computer, take
it to a local business and have them look at it,” Lane said.
And under no
circumstances give personal or financial information to strangers over the