Dane Co. deputies warn of computer scam

Posted Thursday, May 1, 2014 --- 9:48 a.m.

Dane Co. Sheriff's officials are warning citizens about a scam involving callers who claim to be from “Windows.”

The caller says they need to do some work on the victim's computer. The scammer asks for permission to run a diagnostic test on the computer while talking to the victim on the phone.

During the process, the caller can gain full access to the victim's computer and all the personal information they have stored in it.

In one case, a scammer even used a webcam to snap a photo of a victim.

Deputies remind citizens to never give solicitors access to personal information.

On Monday, May 12th, Sheriff’s deputies will offer an Internet and Technology Safety presentation starting at 6:00 pm at the Mazomanie Community Center on Brodhead Street. To RSVP to this free event, call the Mazomanie Police Department at 608-767-2762.

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