News

Microsoft scam snares Bay mum

Microsoft scammers were at it again this week catching out a young Hervey Bay mum.
Microsoft scammers were at it again this week catching out a young Hervey Bay mum. Alistair Brightman

A CRIMINAL cell is targeting vulnerable people living on the Fraser Coast, stealing cash, credit card details and personal information.

Dubbed the 'Microsoft scam', criminals are phoning victims claiming their computer software is out of date and causing errors.

A young Hervey Bay mum was the latest victim manipulated by fraudsters.

She said the attack had left her feeling violated, hurt and embarrassed.

Wanting to remain anonymous she asked the Chronicle to reveal her story in a bid to warn others.

She said a man phoned her one afternoon and said her Microsoft software was out of date.

"He showed me websites which ran a test on my computer and displayed errors," she said.

"He told me if I paid $299 my software would be upgraded - looking back all the signs were there but I was busy cooking dinner and bathing kids - it seemed legitimate."

The scam was elaborate and well-planned.

The unsuspecting mum was transferred between operators, including an Indian call centre, which obtained her credit card details and processed a payment.

While the mum was on the phone her computer was hacked, her email account accessed and bank details possibly stolen.

Alan Purvis, owner of computer store Alan's Technical Services, said the Hervey Bay mother was one of many people living in the region the group had scammed.

"It's been happening for about three years but in the Fraser Coast it has really accelerated in the past 12 months," Mr Purvis said.

"They use programs that won't be detected by antivirus and they are very knowledgeable. I have received calls from them before a few times, they are persistent.

"I would get a call about every few weeks from someone who the group has tried to scam."

Topics:  microsoft, phone scam, web world




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Fraser Coast Mariners thumped by Noosa Dolphins

Mariner's Adam Ebert. Fraser Coast Mariners v Maroochydore at Urangan.Photo Matthew McInerney  / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Fraser Coast Mariners were thumped by Noosa Dolphins.

Hervey Bay to host Qld title round in September

Maryborough's Reece Rayner in a Senior Lites event at the Hervey Bay Motocross Club event on Sunday. Photo: Jocelyn Watts / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Hervey Bay Motocross Club will host a round of the Qld Titles.

Maryborough dominates Bundaberg in Premier League

Wallaroos' Tony Dakin plays in the men's hockey match against Granville in Maryborough on Saturday. Photo: Jocelyn Watts / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Fraser Coast dominates Bundaberg's Premier League teams.

Latest deals and offers

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Billy Slater talks Origin Team

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater.

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater talks about this years team and his return to...

Road rage caught on Dashcam

Attack with a baseball bat caught on Dashcam

Video of a violent road rage incident in Orange last December.

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked