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Residents to Beware of Bogus “Microsoft” Calls

March 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Crime

by Joel Beaumont
Bogus callers are targeting residents in Holt Park with fake phone calls claiming to be from the computer company, Microsoft.
Holt Park Microsoft Phone Scam
One local resident who fell victim to the bogus call said the caller, who had a foreign accent, said he was called Sam Martin and was from Microsoft.

He asked the home owner to switch on their computer as there were corrupted files that needed sorting. When he was confronted about this being a possible fake call he threatened the resident with jail claiming he was from the police.

The resident then contacted local councillor for Adel and Wharfedale, Cllr Barry Anderson, who took the matter up with the Trading Standards.

The Trading Standards Local Manager said: I understand that Consumer Direct has received a few calls over the past months about this. As with all e-crime it’s difficult to stop so publicity is probably the best.

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