Computer Repair Scam Resurfaces in Hudson Valley
A telemarketing scam that aims to separate computer users from their financial information has resurfaced in the Hudson Valley.
According to the Ulster County District Attorney’s Division of Consumer Affairs, the scam involves a cold call from a person claiming to be from Apple, Dell, Microsoft or another large computer company.
The person will then ask to remotely connect to the victim's computer, followed by the claim that they can fix the problem if a credit card number is provided.
If you give the scammer access, they will claim to run a scan, discover a fake virus and then apply high pressure sales tactics to convince you to buy unnecessary anti-virus software or technical services to “fix” your computer.
You are advised to never give your credit card number or other personal information to an unknown, unverified caller.
If you receive one of these calls, hang out, even if they claim to be from a well-known company.
You can contact Consumer Affairs at 340-3260.