Posted by on September 6, 2021 12:05 am

Categories: Coal Region Newswire 2 Local News Schuylkill County Police News

computer virus scam

An Orwigsburg woman says she’s out more than $42,000 in an apparent computer virus scam.

According to information from State Police in Schuylkill Haven, the woman reported this back on Aug. 30. The woman says she got a pop-up message on her computer alerting her to a virus on it.

The pop-up message had a phone number on it so the woman called to learn more. During that phone call, the woman allowed the purported tech support person on the other line to gain remote access to her computer. The tech support person was able to run several programs on the woman’s computer, she says.

While accessing her computer, the tech support person on the phone told the Orwigsburg woman that her bank accounts were compromised and that she’d “consented to a wire transfer of $42,500.”

That $42,500 largess was removed from the Orwigsburg woman’s account and she’s not heard from the fraudulent tech support company since, she says.

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