Scam costs lo­cal man $20,000

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

A NORTH­ERN Rivers busi­ness­man has been scammed out of $20,000 af­ter an elab­o­rate scheme.

Ac­cord­ing to Rich­mond Po­lice Dis­trict, the man was re­cently con­tacted by a com­pany and told that his an­tivirus soft­ware had ex­pired, and he had been deb­ited $600 so it could be re­newed.

“The busi­ness­man has con­tacted the com­pany to com­plain about this trans­ac­tion,” crime pre­ven­tion of­fi­cer Se­nior Con­sta­ble David Hen­der­son said.

“He was asked to ac­cept a re­mote lo­gin re­quest which al­lowed the scam­mer to ac­cess his com­puter.

“He was then di­rected to in­put his ac­count de­tails into his on­line bank­ing.

“At this stage the screen went black and he was asked to in­put ‘200’.

“The vic­tim later found out that $20,000 had been taken from his ac­count.”

Snr Const Hen­der­son said it was not the first time he’d heard of this scam.

“You should never let any­one have re­mote ac­cess to your com­puter un­less you are ab­so­lutely 100 per cent sure they are le­git­i­mate,” he said.

“No le­git­i­mate com­pany will never try to re­fund you money in this man­ner.

He said to be­ware as scam­mers may try to tar­get more peo­ple on the North­ern Rivers.

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