Police warn of computer scam

THE Queensland Police Service is warning residents about a known scam targeting computer users.

The scam involves residents taking a call from a person claiming to be working at a foreign call centre, known as “The Windows Service Centre”.

The offender claims to belong to a software support company that has been requested by Microsoft to fix problems on the victim’s computer and informs the victim their PC is infected with viruses and needs to be fixed urgently.

The offender will direct the victim through a process on their computer, giving the offender remote access to the computer to download viruses or gain access to personal information.

Detective Superintendent Brian Hay of the State Crime Operations Command Fraud and Corporate Crime Group said this scam was an example of offenders preying on the vulnerabilities of victims.

Members of the community are reminded to never reveal personal or financial information to any person who “cold calls” them.

For tips on fraud prevention, visit www.police.qld.gov.au

Anyone wishing to report a fraud matter can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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