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Scam alert: Man says browser message leads to personal information exposure

Police were called to a residence on Patrick Drive at 9:40 a.m. May 9 on a report of fraud. 

The victim said he had been using his computer that morning when pop-up message on Chrome appeared telling him his computer had been compromised and he needed to call a number to get it fixed. 


He called the number and spoke with three males with Indian accents over the course of two hours. He was unable to recall the number but said he asked their names several times and got no response except they worked for Google. 

During their conversation, they were able to gain remote access to his computer. He said they pulled up personal information including Social Security number and bank account numbers. He finally hung up on them. 

The victim told police he called his bank and asked to meet with a banker the next day to switch his funds to new accounts and to receive new debit/credit cards. As of the time of the report, he said he had not noticed any fraudulent activity on his account but was advised to call police again if he does notice any unusual charges.

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