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Suspected computer scam target speaks out

A local man has described how he was targeted by a man posing as an operator for Microsoft as part of an ongoing scam.

Ted Cassidy received a call to his landline last week from a male claiming to be Daniel Higgins informing him that he could check his computer remotely for malware, spyware, malicious files, registry failures, and network and operating system protection.

Mr Cassidy was sent a pricelist for services which included a “software warranty and unlimited services” which cost $424 for five years or $606 for lifetime cover.

Mr Cassidy told The Royal Gazette: “He looked at my computer (remotely) and said he found plenty of problems on my computer which was probably legitimate. Then, of course, he gave me the sales pitch — what it would cost me if I had any problems in the future.

“He talked about a lifetime security system, mechanics, home services etc. He said if I ever got a problem with my computer in the future I could call him and he would put it right for me. I said I would consult my IT man and that was it.

“When I spoke to a friend he said it sounded unlikely and so I didn't bother to call him back.”

The Royal Gazette reported last month about the scammers who appear to be targeting Bermudians.

It is understood that the Bermuda Police Service is not investigating the calls, which are believed to originate overseas, but they are issuing warnings to the public.

“The fraudulent callers often claim to represent the ‘Microsoft Windows operating system,' ” a police spokesman said.

“When such callers are challenged, they often become more insistent and confrontational. It is strongly recommended that any similar unsolicited communication be ignored.

“Residents are reminded that personal information regarding accessing their home computer(s) is valuable and that this information should never be relayed over the internet or phone to unknown persons.”

The spokesman urged members of the public to report any incidents of suspected internet fraud to the Financial Crime Unit at 247-1757 or e-mail fraud2@bps.bm.

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Published December 17, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated December 17, 2014 at 12:57 am)

Suspected computer scam target speaks out

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