Look Out For Scammers Who Try To Access Your Computer
Warning! There are people who are making calls trying to get access to your computer. They are trying to steal your information. They are trying to get your credit card number.
Our friends and neighbors have been receiving unsolicited phone calls about their computer system’s security. A close friend of mine in Queens got one such call this week from someone who claimed to be from a computer company.
According to my friend, the caller claimed that he was calling “because they are receiving multiple messages from my computer asked for access to my computer.”
This is a scam. Never give a caller access to your computer. They may ask about the computer system’s security status and/or tell you about the computer’s performance.
Regardless of what they ask, hang up the phone.
I went on the Internet to search for official warnings regarding this type of scam and found that it has been prevalent in Canada. On their website, the Canadian government explained that details of the scam may vary, but that the scammer might claim to work for a reputable software company.
The caller may tell you that you computer has been infected with a virus, or sending fake messages. The caller may offer to access your computer remotely, scan it for viruses and remotely fix it. They may even ask for your passwords.
Again, if you get such a call, hang up. Do not give them remote access to your computer. Do not give them your personal information. Do not give them your credit card number.
Rep. Grace Meng will be the special guest at the next meeting of the 112th Precinct Community Council on Wednesday night, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the 112th Precinct stationhouse, located at the corner of Austin Street and Yellowstone Boulevard.
The council’s March meeting- on Wednesday night, Mar. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the stationhouse-will feature a forum on preventing violence against women.
All are encouraged to attend both meetings.
Editor’s note: Chain is president of the 112th Precinct Community Council.