Computer scam resurfaces

2016-11-03 06:01

IF you receive a call from a computer company telling you that someone has hacked into your emails, be wary.

Colleen Hamilton said she received a call on Tuesday from a woman with a foreign accent.

“I recognised the accent because this is not the first time I received a call like this,” she said.

The woman on the phone explained that the company’s technicians detected that someone had attempted to hack into Hamilton’s email and that she called to help rectify the problem.

“I simply replied yes, I am aware of the hacker. I’m actually speaking to one now.”

She then slammed the phone down.

Hamilton, who lives in Umtentweni, posted a warning on two Facebook groups, Tweni Crime Watch and Hibiscus Coast Crime Watch.

“It seems I am not the only one in Umtentweni who has received these calls.”

A year ago, a man with a foreign accent, claiming to be from Microsoft, called Hamilton and told her there were viruses on her computer.

She was asked to log onto her computer and when she did, the screen was filled with writing and there seemed to be a scan taking place.

Some of the writing then turned red and the man told her that the highlighted text was errors.

“He told me he could fix it, but it would cost a fee. The next thing I knew, a screen popped up with a South African bank logo and spaces for me to fill in my credit card details.”

Hamilton refused as the amount for the repairs, which was quoted in dollars, was “ridiculous” and she became suspicious about the online credit card form.

“I told the man I was not filling in those details as I knew he would see what I was doing. He was persistent and became irate.”

She said she ended the call but he called about six times afterwards.

“I’m sure it’s the same company that is trying to scam people again. Please be cautious,” she said.

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