Beware of phone calls from 215-220-2321, said
The scammers may be based in
"These scammers are trying to gain access to personal computers, claiming they will load anti-virus software," Burton said. "In reality, the scammers want to install a virus that gives them full access to your machine."
Once the scammers load the virus, they'll gain the ability to control your computer remotely and could watch anything you do, she added. Sometimes they ask for a payment via wire or for credit-card information.
"Anyone who's given access to their computer should shut down the machine, disconnect from their Internet connection and seek a local computer-repair specialist," Burton warned.
Avoid responding to either call. Burton strongly urges consumers to register with her office's Scam Alert at www.doj.mt.gov/ consumer/scam-alerts/ or call the
At least 550 consumers have already registered, she said.
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