ELDERLY people could be duped into a possible telephone scam targeting computer users, warns a Portsmouth pensioner.
Brenda Lock said she has received two phone calls in three weeks from people claiming there is a virus on her computer.
The 84-year-old said: ‘They tell me there is a fault or a virus on my computer and ask me to open it up.
‘I ask them if I can call back and for their phone number but then they put the phone down.
‘You read in the paper about elderly people who have been scammed and I worry about them.’
Microsoft advises people to be suspicious of unsolicited calls related to a security problem, never to provide personal information, such as credit card or bank details, and not to go to a website, type anything into a computer, install software or follow any other instruction from someone who calls out of the blue.
To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or visit actionfraud.org.uk.