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Phone scammer asked about computer virus, Dedham cops say

Posted by dinouye  May 16, 2013 12:21 PM

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class="byline">By Dave Eisenstadter, Town correspondent

A Chickering Road resident reported a phone scam last week by a caller who claimed to be selling anti-virus software, Dedham police said.

At 7:55 p.m. on May 8, police received a call from the resident, who said he had received a call from a man who said he was from Microsoft. The man asked if residents were having trouble with computer viruses.

The resident told the man that he did have a virus, and the man appeared to have access to manipulate the computer. The man then asked if the resident would like to buy anti-virus software and asked for a credit card number, police said.

The card number was provided, but the man said he card did not work and asked for a money order to be sent to India. The resident then hung up the phone, put a stop on the card payment, and called police.

According to police, the credit card company said a charge had been attempted while the resident was on the phone, but the transaction was unsuccessful.

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