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Scammer Controls Woman’s Computer

KSAL Staff - April 12, 2016 10:57 am

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A Salina woman narrowly avoided becoming a scam victim, but lost control of her computer.

Police Captain Mike Sweeney says that a woman in her 50s in South Salina received a phone call on Monday. She was told that a company owed her a reimbursement.

The woman initially thought the call was legitimate. A few years ago she was notified that her computer was infected. She paid $179 to get it fixed before realizing it was a scam. She thought that maybe she was going to be reimbursed.

The woman allowed the caller to remotely take control of her computer. She was told that $1,000 would be deposited in her bank account. She was instructed to keep $200, and wire $800 to an address that was provided. The woman did not do as instructed, and instead contacted police.

Sweeney says that the woman did not lose any money, but she has lost control of her computer. She turned it off when she became suspicious. When she turned it back on the password to logon had been changed.

City of Salina