Police warning as new computer scam hits region

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Lothian and Borders Police are urging the public to avoid a recent computer scam following further complaints from the public.

A resident in the Peebles area was contacted by telephone at her home address by a company calling themselves Microsoft Support (Technical) with the telephone number 0151 7240611.

A male with an Indian accent asked the woman if she wished to purchase a trial version of Windows Support, which would remotely maintain her laptop at a cost of £65. She paid for this apparent service by giving her debit card details over the phone.

However, on later examining her computer it was established that no maintenance had being carried out and subsequent efforts to contact the company were unsuccessful.

Police in the Peebles area were also contacted by a member of the public informing them that he had recently received a phone call from a similar type company. However, the man with an Indian accent requested that the male purchase a UKASH Voucher in payment for the service. The male didn’t purchase any voucher and contacted police to report the incident.

A police spokesman said: “Unfortunately, the people involved in these types of scams go to great lengths to convince people that they are purchasing an authentic item or product.

“!These people have various versions which they use to encourage people to part with their money, whether this be through providing credit card details, debit card details or for the inviduals to go to a local store and purchase a cash voucher”.

“We would like to stress that in no uncertain terms should people pass their card details to people unknown to them, whether over the phone or via mail.”