WADSWORTH, Ohio - Wadsworth police have issued an alert after uncovering a phone scam used to access residents’ personal information via computer files.
Officers posted to the department’s Facebook page that several residents have reported receiving calls from someone claiming to work for computer companies including Microsoft. The caller tells people to turn on their computers, visit specific websites and run certain computer programs.
Police said these sites and programs then allow the caller to gain access to the computer and personal information.
Wadsworth police have teamed with the city’s communication and information technology department to investigate the scam.
According to both agencies, although the scam is currently being carried out by phone, scammers may soon target email and cellphones too.
Police urge anyone that receives a similar call to refrain from sharing any information. Instead, hang up and call your Internet service provider directly. Officers also suggest contacting your bank to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity.
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