Portsmouth pensioner warns over possible phone scam

Scot Mackenzie

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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.