Beware of new computer scam

Beware of new computer scam

Bossier Parish authorities don't want you to fall victim to an identity theft scam.
Bossier Parish authorities don't want you to fall victim to an identity theft scam.

The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force say the telephone-based computer scam, which is commonly referred to as the "AMMYY.COM" scam, is designed to remotely access the information on your computer in order to commit identity theft. 

Authorities say someone with a thick accent and claiming to work for Microsoft is calling local residents.

The caller will tell you the company has received "alerts" that your laptop has multiple viruses.  The scammer then asks you to download an application called "AMMYY.COM" to fix your computer problems.

Although the "AMMYY.COM" program is used for legitimate purposes when used between two trusted parties, law enforcement officers are warning you that it is also being used by scammers as a means of stealing your information for criminal purposes. 

 Here are some tips to avoid being scammed:
·    Remember, anyone can call your number claiming to be someone else.  Reputable companies typically do not call customers directly to report computer problems.
·    Never install, run or allow remote access to a person or a company without being 100% certain who they are.
·    If you believe the person is a scammer, hang up the phone and notify law enforcement.
·    If you did allow access to your computer and feel you were scammed, immediately turn off your computer, remove access from the Internet and have anti-malware software installed from a trusted source.
·    Contact your credit card companies and report it so they can issue a fraud alert for your accounts.
·    Change your passwords and monitor your credit card and banking accounts.
·    You can always contact the Bossier Sheriff's Office at 965-2203 or Bossier City Police Department at 741-8977 with information about identity theft or to report any type of criminal activity.

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