EASTCHESTER, N.Y. - The Eastchester Police Department is warning the community that several residents have recently been defrauded out of “substantial amounts of money” by opportunistic cyber-scammers who gain access to their computers.
The department issued an alert on Wednesday afternoon after receiving reports from residents who have been scammed by allowing access to their computers to “predators” who call and claim to be from a computer technical support or other similar company.
Police said that the perpetrators will sometimes tell victims that they are owed a refund and that the caller needs to remotely access your computer to assist with the transaction.
“Do not allow anyone that you are not 100 percent sure of to access your computer,” police said. “Do not wire money to callers or pay anyone in gift cards, these are all telltale signs of scams.
“If you are unsure of the validity of the requests being made of you, contact a family member, trusted friend or neighbor, or the Police Department before doing anything.”
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