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Groton police warn of computer scam

By Greg Smith

Publication: theday.com

Published December 18. 2012 3:00PM   Updated December 18. 2012 3:24PM

Groton - The City of Groton Police Department is warning residents of a scam involving a phony computer technician.

The scam starts with an individual calling the victim by telephone and identifying themselves as a “Technician from Microsoft,” who wants to “fix the errors” on the victim’s computer. The next step in the scam is to obtain the victims debit card information to pay the $6 fee for the phony technician to fix the victim’s computer errors.

In the case being investigated by city police, Sgt. Erick Jenkins said a victim reported an “icon” appearing on their computer screen after providing the scam artist with their debit card information. The victim learned later that their debit card was used to remove funds out of their account beyond the $6 requested by the phony technician.

The City of Groton would like to make the citizens aware of this scam and to not provide their personal banking information, credit card or personal information to any person soliciting such information by telephone, mail or email.

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