Telephone Scam Strikes Again In Northeast Kansas

By: Justin Surrency Email
By: Justin Surrency Email

ROSSVILLE, Kan. (WIBW)- A scam hitting residents in Shawnee County proves not every quick fix is as good as it may seem and a woman from Rossville is its latest victim
It's one that just about anyone could fall for and it's an offer for an easy fix to your computer, but in the end just leaves the customer high and dry.
It begins with a phone call, followed by a friendly and helpful offer.

Rossville resident Sallie Kelley says "They wanted to clean my computer and if I gave them money they would clean it. They wanted $250 and i've done that before and not been scammed.

This time was different, after sharing information the caller had control of her computer and logging information and when they began the process of withdrawing another $150 from Western Union, Sally knew she was the victim of a scam.

"I had to cancel my credit card and Western Union helped by not transferring the additional money and the credit card company has information on the scam so hopefully I'll get my credit back," said Sallie.

If you are thinking this is an isolated case preying on non-tech savvy customers, think again, Sallie's neighbor and daughter received several calls from the same scam company pretending to be from Microsoft and it doesn't look to be going away anytime soon.

The Better Business Bureau says the scam is back in the area so everyone please be careful of phone calls about your computer.

The Better Business Bureau says the best way to avoid scams is to avoid services over the phone that seem "too good to be true," and search first online for company information.

Microsoft also says they will never call you about repairing your computer.

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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