By TRACEY PRISK
SCAMMERS are targeting Orange residents claiming to be able to stop files being maliciously detected from the householder’s computer.
A reader, who declined to be named, contacted the Central Western Daily saying he had received a call from a company claiming to be called PC Settings.
The caller said they were working with engineers from Microsoft Windows who had detected files being maliciously deleted from his computer.
“I was instructed to go to my computer and verify some special numbers so the engineers could stop the files from being downloaded,” he said.
“I interrogated the caller, got her off script and advised her I’d be alerting authorities to this fraud.”
The reader contacted the Central Western Daily to alert people to this “new twist to extract personal details”.
Canobolas Local Area Command Inspector Bruce Grassick says people need to be mindful of the sort of information hoax callers will try and extract from householders.
“People should not disclose information to unauthorised people, especially in relation to personal details such as bank accounts and passwords, in the interests of their own security and safety,” Inspector Grassick said.
Inspector Grassick said he was aware of similar scams targeting Orange residents in recent months.