A Sandwich woman fell victim to a computer-virus-repair scam last week that cost her $1,400.
The Chipman Road resident contacted police August 28 at 5:19 PM to report the fraud.
She told police that she had been using her computer when the device froze and a browser pop-up window appeared with an advertisement claiming that her computer had been infected with a virus. The advertisement provided a phone number to call for assistance with the problem.
The woman called the number and a man claiming to be from Microsoft claimed that he could help her, but they did not accept credit cards so she would need to purchase $700 in eBay gift cards and provide him with the card codes in order to pay for the service. She did this, at which point the man claimed that the gift cards did not work and she would need to purchase another $700 in gift cards, this time in Google Play funds. After she complied with the second request, the man asked for an addition $1,000 in gift cards.
At this point, the woman’s credit card company blocked the purchase.
There are no suspects in this case and the woman has been provided with an identity theft packet.