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Scam Week: Scams Aimed at Senior Citizens

Another special report from I-Team involving scams that are sweeping the nation and are targeting would be victims in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. The I-Team's Andy Mehalshick looks at a scam that involves..the phone..the computer and senior citizens.
  

69 year old Elaine from Glen Lyon in Luzerne County knew something just wasn't right when a man called her house  phone and claimed he was a representative from Microsoft and wanted to help protect her computer from a virus.

The caller said they needed a payment right away and asked for her checking account numbers.
 Elaine's son over heard the conversation and jumped into action and got on the line.  He got the number off the caller id and gave it to the I-Team

 
Luzerne County Detective Chaz Balogh called the phone number as expected it was busy or dead. Balogh said a legitimate company would never asked for that type of information.

 
Balogh  says once you give out your personal information that could open up a Pandora's Box of trouble..he  recommends if you get a call like this..contact the company in question and law enforcement immediately.

 
A spokesperson for Microsoft told the I-Team  the company does not call a a customer on their phone. They will send warnings via email or even regular mail about a possible problem with a virus. Police investigators say these scammers target senior citizens...assuming that they are not computer savvy..
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