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Computer crooks target Armstrong residents

Chuck Biedka
| Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, 4:42 p.m.

Armstrong County District Attorney Scott Andreassi is warning the public about a computer scam.

People see a pop-up warning on their computer. Those who call the telephone number are asked to buy an “online virus monitoring” service.

To make the purchase, the victim gives up bank account information.

Andreassi and detectives warn people not to send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request in a pop-up message, text, phone call or email.

Caller IDs can be fooled. Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake caller ID information. “So the name and number you see aren't always real,” Andreassi said.

He urges people not to pay for anything in advance unless they know the business is legitimate.

When in doubt, call police or the DA's office, he said.

The office can be contacted at 724-548-3240.

Free scam alerts are available from the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/scams.

Complaints can be filed at ftc.gov/complaint, Andreassi said.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711, cbiedka@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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