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Tifton police warns against computer scam

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A scam alert from Tifton police. They were contacted by a citizen who got an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be from the IT department of Microsoft.

The caller claimed there was a problem with the potential victim's computer that he needed to fix.

"The person on the phone was trying to convince the citizen to press certain combination of key, which from understanding will give them access to some prompts that would have given him control," said Lt. Lee Dunston.

Dunston says he checked Snopes.com and found that this is very possibly a variation on a scam that goes back to at least 2009. Snopes also says that Microsoft does not make unsolicited calls.

Dunston says if someone calls you and starts telling you to press buttons and enter commands on your computer, don't do it.  There are several variations ranging from the scammer trying to access accounts to them trying to sell useless software according to Snopes.com.

Luckily, the person did not fall victim to the scam.

You should never let an unsolicited caller have remote access to your computer.

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