Police issue scam warning

POLICE have issued a warning to the public following a dramatic increase in reports of a computer scam targeting Queensland victims.

The warning from the Fraud and Corporate Crime Group follows a story in the NewsMail last week, which reported Bundaberg woman Gay Fielding's suspicions that scam callers purporting to be from Microsoft had tried to convince her to hand over personal details.

This scam usually involves a victim receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be a Microsoft employee. They explain to the victim their computer is infected by a virus, before telling them how the problem can be fixed - by logging on to a website.

Detective Superintendent Brian Hay, of the Fraud and Corporate Crime Group, said he did not believe these callers could be trusted.

“This is all just a scam. Microsoft has confirmed they are not cold-calling members of the community regarding viruses, computer problems or any other issue,” Det. Supt Hay said.

“Quite simply, these offenders are just looking to trick you into giving them money.”

Det. Supt Hay warned people of the potential financial ramifications of taking the con artists' advice on board.

“Giving someone you don't know remote access to your computer is basically the same as handing your credit card details over to them,” he said.

“You may as well give them the key to your front door while you're there.”



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