Local woman fools scam caller
A local woman is warning the community not to be fooled by a new wave of cyber crime.
Jodie Graham, who repairs computers in her spare time, said her mother, a Finley resident, had been the target of a scam.
Ms Graham said it was only by chance that she had answered the phone when a man had called her mother’s home.
‘‘He told me there was something wrong with my computer and that he would need my assistance to log on and fix it. I told him a furphy — that I worked for a computer company — and that I knew for sure there was nothing wrong with my computer.’’
In a bizarre twist Ms Graham said the man started laughing and told her ‘‘God bless’’ then hung up.
She said it was the third phone call in a month to her mother’s home. Ms Graham said she had also heard of a ‘‘number of people around the Finley area’’ who have had a similar experience.
‘‘Some people have given out details to the callers allowing them remote access to their computers.
‘‘If the callers can convince the home owner there is something wrong with their machine, they then will ask for your credit card numbers for payment for the so called repair.
‘‘If you hand that over, they have access to your personal files, passwords and your bank details,’’ Ms Graham said.
She said once they have remote access the caller can monitor what you are doing, even after you have hung up the phone.
‘‘They usually put a key logging program onto your computer without you knowing to follow what patterns you are typing on your keyboard, like passwords. They can sit and watch everything you are doing.’’
Ms Graham urged community members to be alert.
‘‘It’s a type of cyber crime and not uncommon. If you have caller ID on your phone the number will likely come up private or appear to be an international caller. Employees from Microsoft will not call you, you have to contact them if there is a problem.’’