Scam Alert: Fake computer repairs

A woman is possibly out hundreds of dollars after becoming the victim of a scam.

It happened this week in Michiana. Someone called the woman claiming to be with Microsoft.

He claimed that she had viruses on her computer and he offered to fix it for a small fee.

She followed his instructions and gave him control of the computer. She also called the alleged Western Union telephone number he provided to pay him the $20 fee with her credit card.

Just moments later she received a call from her credit card company about an unusual charge of $228. Not long after, she found out a cash withdrawal of $228 was also made; so she was already out $456.

"We are saying if you get a call that there's a problem with your computer, just hang up,” said the Better Business Bureau’s Dreama Jensen. “Most companies won't be contacting you by email or by a telephone call. Keep in mind that these people that are making these calls are just making random calls. They just hope to get a hold of someone that has a computer."

The woman had to call a computer repairman. He told her there were never viruses on her computer to begin with; but while the scammer had control, he put spyware on it.

She's working with her credit card company to see if she can get any of the money back.

You can reach the Better Business Bureau at (574) 675-9351.

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