A Henry County woman was out $800 after a man claiming to represent an Internet security company talked her into letting him hijack her computer.
In a Friday morning report, Deputy Frankie Scott said a resident of Shell Academy Road off Highway 54 west of Paris received a phone call from someone claiming to be from a name-brand Internet security company.
The caller said her computer had not been scanned recently. The woman sat down at her computer and did as the caller asked, eventually allowing him to take control of her computer while she watched.
The woman then saw a pop-up window on her screen stating the computer was not compatible with the security software, entitling her for a $220 refund.
She was told to enter her bank’s name, and the money would be transferred to her account.
After entering the information, the caller began yelling at her, claiming she had incorrectly entered $2,200 and had taken too much money from the company.
She then gave the caller the information needed to get the money back from her account.
At that point, the caller told her she could purchase five Internet music service cards at $400 a card and that would settle it.
After purchasing two cards and giving the caller the number from the cards, the woman thought the transaction sounded suspicious.
She then called the company directly and was told no one at the company ever makes calls like that and it was a scam.
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