Too smart for scam callers

WHEN Trevor Sword got a call from a woman with a heavy Indian accent telling him about his computer problems, he thought he’d play along.

He found it difficult to understand what the woman was saying, so he asked for a supervisor, who came on the line and explained he was calling from the Windows Service Centre and asked Trevor to go to his computer and turn it on.

After getting the caller to hold the line for some time, Trevor said he had turned the computer on.

“I said, ‘I’ve done that’ and he told me some sort of fault was showing up on it,” Trevor said.

“I thought this was really good.

“He told me where he was calling from and gave me a phone number, but then I told him I knew it was a scam because I don’t have a computer.

“He hung up straight away.

“I don’t even own a computer and here they were telling me what was wrong with it.”

Trevor said he thought they would have given up because his wife got a call a few days earlier and told them immediately they did not have a computer and they hung up.

“I thought that would be the end of it,” he said.

“There must be more than one of them operating.”

Trevor said he contacted police, but was told little could be done because no offence had actually occurred. During the past two weeks The Daily Examiner has received a string of reports of scams operating in the Valley.

The best protection is to be cautious and, if you’re alert like Trevor, you might even be able to have a little fun.



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