Law enforcement is aware of these and other Internet-related scams and offer some tips to avoid becoming a victim.
"My friends and family and I have been receiving a lot of calls from people saying they're from
Fraser said she's somewhat familiar with how computers work, so she wasn't fooled, and when she started asking questions, they hung up.
After experiencing an error message on her computer the night before, this resident was ready to believe the heavily accented caller who told her he was with
"They took me to a screen with a lot of red circles with white crosses through them, and yellow warning symbols," the resident said. "Then they took me to www. ammyy.com to get my IP address to take over my computer. Then they told me If I don't buy certificates costing between
The more she objected, the more threatening they became, she said.
"I hung up and they called back demanding to speak to me, and when a friend told them I was not available, they told him this was more important than whatever else I was doing, and to get me to the phone. I was rattled. This is extortion."
The resident's computer ceased to function because "they seem to have inserted not one, but two passwords."
"It's pretty ominous and threatening and sophisticated," the resident said.
"If anyone contacts you about your computer we advise you to ignore the call. And if you think you have a problem. with your comp or software, you make the call. Don't provide information, and never allow anyone remote access to your computer," he said. "There have been reports of ransomware -- a malware that can take control of your computer and will demand money from you to let you back into your computer. It's a form of extortion."
Chapman said people shouldn't let the fact that the caller knows your name fool you into believing them.
"We've noticed an incredible increase of personal info bought an sold over the Internet. It doesn't mean they're who they say they are," he said.
Chapman advises those victimized to take their computer to a reputable computer tech to make sure remote access is turned off. Then get anti-virus or malware scan "to make sure nothing was downloaded to your computer. And to be on the safe side, change any passwords for financial institutions."
"Whenever' someone calls saying they're from a company, make sure to verify it," she said. "Ask for their name and information, and say you'll call them back on the main customer service line and look up the company's official website."
Seniors can be most vulnerable to this type of crime, Sohn said.
And that's what concerns the two
"I am concerned that they're hitting the
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