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My Town: Scammers target personal computers in Portage
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My Town: Scammers target personal computers in Portage

PORTAGE, Mich.—Portage Public Safety officers are warning residents about a scam making its way through the city.

Multiple residents have reported receiving phone calls from a person posing as a computer technician from a well-known company, requesting information to access a personal computer in their home.  The suspect claims the computer has a virus that they can remove remotely, if given the correct personal information.  In some cases, the scammer locks the victim out of their computer completely then charges the victim hundreds of dollars to access their own computer.  In other cases, the suspect installs software to capture passwords and other personal information.

Officers say other phone schemes that are active I the area include people claiming to be from the IRS or utility companies demanding payment from pre-paid credit cards, as well as lottery and prize money offers where victims are given a bogus check and asked to pay back a portion of the money “for taxes and other fees.”  The check eventually bounces, costing the victim even more money.

Officers want to remind residents they should never give personal information to any strangers over the phone.  Anyone with information in any of these schemes is asked to call the Portage Department of Public Safety at 329-4567 or Silent Observer at 343-2100.

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