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Lower Pottsgrove police warn of telephone scam involving computer takeover

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 14 2014 10:53:07 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 14 2014 10:07:03 PM CDT

Phone scam reported in Montgomery County

LOWER POTTSGROVE TWP., Pa. -

Police are warning the public of a telephone scam involving someone trying to convince would-be victims of a problem with their computer.

The caller's goal, police said, is get the victim to sign onto the computer, allowing the caller to take control of it.

Police in Lower Pottsgrove Twp., Montgomery Co., said they've received two separate reports of the attempted scam from elderly residents over the past week.

Both residents reported receiving calls during the morning hours from a man with a foreign accent, but with a Pennsylvania phone number on the caller ID, police said.

The caller recited information in an attempt to gain the residents' confidence and then advised them of a problem with their computer and of the need for them to sign on, said police, adding that neither resident fell victim to the scam.

Complying with the caller's request, police said, would put personal information, including identity and financial accounts, at risk for hacking or fraud.

Anyone who receives a similar call is advised to hang up and notify police.