Joy warns of scam
Wintec journalism student A Tokoroa woman is warning people to be careful after a phone scam operator tried to get her bank details over the phone.
Long-time Tokoroa resident Joy Bryant was phoned by a someone from a company calling itself the Global Maintenance Department.
‘‘A lady called me saying I had a new virus on my computer,’’ Mrs Bryant said. ‘‘An Asian lady who spoke in a monotone voice called up off a four digit number and said she was from this company and that they had detected a new ‘make believe’ virus on my computer. She offered to fix it over the phone if I gave her my credit card details. Basically if I paid $30 she was going to clean out my computer.’’
Fortunately for Mrs Bryant her son Jeremy, 18, is a computer whiz. She put him on the phone and he hung up immediately, Mrs Bryant said.
‘‘They asked to speak to the main user, which is my son. Jeremy answered saying ‘so you are not from Telecom or Vodafone?’ And then he hung up. I even said that was rude, you shouldn’t have hung up on her.’’
Sure enough straight after the phone call Jeremy Google searched ‘‘ Global Maintenance Department’’ and it came up listed as a scam, with reports of incidents all over the world.
‘‘ The company doesn’t even exist. They say they are ringing everyone with programmes such as Vista 7 or windows XP loaded on their computer, although it is totally random.’’
Mrs Bryant does not want anyone to fall for this scam.
‘‘I don’t want anyone else scammed by them. I’ve heard of a lot of people who have been. It is easy to allow this to happen. She sounds all so helpful and genuine. I should have known when she said she had detected a virus on my computer that it was all lies, only your personal internet provider has this kind of information.’’
SCAM DODGED: Joy Bryant pictured with her son Jeremy who hung up on a phone call from woman trying to scam the family out of money.