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PSNI issues warning over 'Microsoft' phone call scam

By Staff Reporter

Published 05/06/2015

Con artists are targeting computer owners in Northern Ireland by pretending to be from the software company Microsoft
Con artists are targeting computer owners in Northern Ireland by pretending to be from the software company Microsoft

Con artists are targeting computer owners in Northern Ireland by pretending to be from the software company Microsoft.

Police issued a warning after an elderly woman received a phone call from a foreign man claiming to be from the firm.

He claimed her computer had been hacked but said he could fix it for a fee. The scammer then asked for her bank details.

The PSNI warned residents to be wary of unsolicited phone calls from anyone in relation to making financial transactions.

Constable Tony Allen said: "Never give out personal details over the phone to unsolicited callers. If you are unsure, ask for details to check their identity.

"If you are still unsure, contact the company or business they claim to be from. Legitimate companies won't have a problem with you calling them back.

"Scammers are inventive and can be very convincing. If you receive a contact of this kind, please report it to police."

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