Police warn residents about phone scam

WELLSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Wellsville Police Department is the latest local police department to warn residents about a scam that threatens the security of information on their home computers. The scam starts with a phone call.

Wellsville Police issued a special news release Wednesday afternoon saying the department has received several complaints from local residents receiving multiple phone calls from ‘unknown individuals that are requesting to log on to their computers remotely.’ The callers are telling residents that there are problems with their computer or their internet connection and that’s why the caller needs access to the computer.

Police say ‘don’t fall for it.’ Never give anyone access to your computer that you don’t know or that you didn’t contact yourself. The Wellsville Police Department says it has determined that these calls are part of a scam to gain access to the personal information on home computers.

Other police departments in Western New York have also issued warnings about similar phone scams in recent months. News 4 has also been contacted by several viewers who say they have been targeted by unknown callers who want remote access to their computers.

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