A Sheriff's Department in western Wisconsin is warning of a computer scam.
According to a press release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department obtained by WEAU-TV, potential victims say they are contacted by someone pretending to be from Microsoft. The scammer says they'll need to obtain remote access to your computer.
Please take precautions before this happens by hanging up on them and/or telling them you are alerting local law enforcement.
As with all scams, please don’t give out any information unless you know who you are talking to. Banks and other businesses will never call you up to confirm your account numbers; you can never win something unless you enter to win and never allow anyone to have remote access or passwords to enter your computer.
If you have been a victim you're urged to call your local law enforcement agency. Authorities can not take any action unless a person has been deprived of property or money.
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