11/14/2012 9:06:00 AM Police warn people to be vigilant for new frauds, scams
Lisa Irish Special to the Tribune
People are being asked to be on the alert for recent frauds including scammers trying to obtain your credit card information over the phone and seeking payment for fixing your computer remotely.
The Flagstaff Police Department is warning about a new scam in which people staying in motels are being called soon after checking in by a person claiming to be a motel employee. The person says the front desk lost their credit card information and asks them to provide it again, Flagstaff Police Sgt. James A Jackson said.
In one case, the customer went down to the front desk to see what had taken place, only to find out that none of the employees had called them, Jackson said.
Be advised that no institution should be asking for vital credit card or personal information over the phone, Jackson said. Meet with employees face-to-face to ensure you are talking to a legitimate employee of the business.
A Prescott man recently told Prescott police that someone from a computer company defrauded him of $1,466 by claiming they could fix his computer remotely, according to a Prescott police report.
The man said he received a phone call from a man who asked him to perform several tasks on his computer to see if it was infected with a virus, informed the man his computer was infected and then offered to keep the mans' computer hacking and virus free for life for a fee of $498, according to the police report.
The man paid the caller the $498 with a credit card then went to the website www.showmypc.com and download the rescue me application, then allowed the man remote access to his computer. Traces Gordon, crime prevention specialist with the Prescott Police Department, reminds people not to provide credit card or computer password information to people who contact you over the telephone.
Later, another man called saying the previous caller was part of a hacking group and asked the man to send $470 to him through a PayPal account so he could undo the damage. The victim said that while that person worked on his computer remotely, the suspect downloaded files containing bank information from his hard drives and then suspect then used this information to try to open several accounts in his name.