Computer scams a growing threat

Published: May. 13, 2019 at 1:45 PM PDT
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It’s hard to go through a day without receiving a phone call from scammers. Even as you block their numbers, they continue to evolve.

63-year-old Greg Jax received a call a few weeks back from a voice recording claimed to be from Microsoft saying they had installed a new security system on his computer and took a few hundred dollars from his bank account.

Puzzled by the events, Jax called back and the scammers told him they needed remote access to his computer and required him to go to a website.

"I type in the address in my Google browser. Before I hit return, I look up at the screen; it tells me about Microsoft and Microsoft scams."

Jax eventually hung up the phone and called law enforcement to report the scam.

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam says these types of scams continue to grow. Balaam says often resorting to fear tactics, scammers will do whatever it takes to find a way in

"If someone is offering you something too good to be true, I always tell them it is too good to be true. If you won a sweepstakes and you have never entered into a sweepstakes, those are the scams," said Sheriff Balaam

The Sheriff warns never give out your personal information to anyone you don’t know. Also, he recommends to ask for the scammer's phone number and do some research online to see if it’s a scam. If it is, report it to law enforcement.

Balaam stresses law enforcement, IRS and Judicial Courts won't call you to tell you have a warrant for your arrest. Instead they will show up and arrest you.

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