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'Slow Computer Scam' hits area

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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Associates with Computer Central recently told The Brazil Times they have had several residents call them regarding a computer scam. [Order this photo]
According to officials, the "Slow Computer Scam" has made its way into Clay County.

Associates with Computer Central, 537 E. National Ave., Brazil, recently contacted The Brazil Times saying they had received several phone calls in the past week from residents.

The residents stated they had received a phone call from a person who claimed to be an associate of Microsoft.

During the phone call, the person informed the resident their computer needed worked on, and the fee could be charged on a credit card.

The resident was then told to turn off their computer for at least 24 hours.

"We get (these phone calls) periodically, but it seems like in the last three or four days, we've had like three people who have ran into this," Computer Central representative Dave Bolin said. "It's been more often in the past week."

Bolin said one county resident informed him their credit card company immediately called them when "suspicious" charges showed up on the card.

"What we tell people is, first thing, call the credit card company," Bolin said, adding the resident should eliminate the credit card.

Office for the Indiana Attorney General Public Information Office Erin Reece told The Times this was very similar to the "Slow Computer Scam."

Reece said computer companies such as Microsoft do not call customers regarding computer issues.

"We would encourage any consumers who have been contacted to file a complaint with our office," Reece said.

Complaints may be filed by visiting the Indiana Attorney General's consumer website at www.indianacon-sumer.com, then by clicking on "file a complaint," and then clicking on "consumer complaint."

Residents may also request a mailed form to them by calling 1-800-382-5516.

"Consumers should know they need to file all information," Reece said, such as the name of the person calling or a phone number. "It helps our investigators with all the research."

Reece said if the Indiana Attorney General's office does not have jurisdiction, it forwards the complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

"We have definitely received complaints regarding (Slow Computer Scam)," Reece said. "But the calls are incredibly hard to trace."


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So has the "Slow Computer Scam" hit the county? because as it reads is "Office for the Indiana Attorney General Public Information Office Erin Reece told The Times this was very similar to the "Slow Computer Scam." So is it the Slow computer scam or similar to the slow computer scam? Also if "We get (these phone calls) periodically" but it seems like in the last three or four days, we've had like three people who have ran into this," Computer Central representative Dave Bolin said. "It's been more often in the past week." So has it been 3 or 4 times in the past week? and only one person has told you about any charges to their card? Or has it been 3 or 4 times in the past 3 or 4 days? LOL Sometimes these stories make a person more confused than what they already are.

special agent (00735)

-- Posted by MS440 on Tue, Mar 13, 2012, at 11:23 PM

NEVER give your credit card number to someone that CALLS you! I have had calls saying I could get a lower rate on my credit card but then they want me to provide them with details - if they are from my c.c. co. they should already HAVE these details and should only ask me to confirm them. They get kind of nasty when you question them. Just hang up. I called my c.c. co. once at the number on my actual bill and they knew nothing about an offer to lower my rate.

-- Posted by indianamama on Wed, Mar 14, 2012, at 9:04 AM

I love that even my cell phone isn't free from telemarketing calls. Received one today that said, "We're calling from Florida and you're name has been drawn for the MILLION DOLLAR PRIZE!"

I said, "Wooweeee! A million dollars??!!!" She said, "Yes, ma'am!" I said, "Good! Now, take my number off your call registry. I'm too rich to associate with people like you! Bye."

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Mar 14, 2012, at 2:58 PM

Emmes - I love it! Best answer *ever*! :)

soccerdadwithanattitude - Like Dave said, we've had a few reports like this over the last few years, but never in a clump like this. In the past week we have had two people report phone calls like this, plus my own wife received a call at our home saying they wanted to talk to her "about your computer problems". Fortunately she knows better. :)

- NL

See Also:

http://www.bitterwallet.com/microsoft-ph...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/201...

-- Posted by ididntdoit on Wed, Mar 14, 2012, at 3:14 PM


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