Royston man has money stolen in widespread computer scam

14:38 08 August 2014

A Royston man has had money stolen after a scammer claiming to be from a computer company accessed his PC remotely

A Royston man has had money stolen after a scammer claiming to be from a computer company accessed his PC remotely

Daniel WIlson

A man from Royston has had money stolen from his bank account after falling foul of a computer scam.

Officers are warning the public to be vigilant following 40 incidents in the county since June which in nine cases – including one in Royston – has resulted in money being handed over.

The scam involves a person ringing the victim claiming they are from a computer company such as Microsoft.

The caller then tells the victim that there is a problem with their computer – such as a virus – and goes on to say they can fix the problem for a fee.

Alternatively, the scammers will persuade the person on the phone to grant them remote access to their computers.

In Royston a man was persuaded that he was due a refund from Microsoft by a caller. The man was told that remote access would be required to authorise the payment and the victim allowed this. His bank account details were recorded and a sum of money stolen.

Det Insp Danny Lawrence, who leads the ERSOU Cyber Crime Unit which tackles organised crime across the eastern region, said: “While it is of concern that this type of scam has been successful in a number of cases, most people are recognising the call for what it is and we have been working with Microsoft’s security team and Action Fraud in order to tackle this scam.

“As can be seen, it isn’t a particular group of people targeted by the offenders: people of all ages have been contacted and it is possible a large number of people have not reported being called.”

Anyone who believes they may have been targeted by this scam or has information should contact police on non-emergency number 101.

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