– Press release from the Bishop Police Department:
The Bishop Police Department would like to make the public aware of a phone scam targeting the Bishop area. We have acquired some reports of residents receiving phone calls from a “Microsoft” employee out of the Los Angeles area advising they will clean up any computer problems the resident may have.
The Police Department has been told the person calling has a foreign accent, but seems very knowledgeable with regards to computers. The caller requests access to your computer and directs you to a website to sign in for assistance. Once you have done this, the caller has complete control of your computer and locks you out of it.
The scam is complete when you are then frozen out of your computer. The caller then requests a fee be given to the company in order to fix the computer problem. If you hang up on them, they keep calling you back and say the only way the computer can be fixed is through them and you need to pay a fee.
We are asking the public to be aware of this and not to allow anyone over the phone access your computer. The phone scammers sound very official and convincing; please keep your personal information personal and away from potential scammers.
K. Coffman, Public Information Officer