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Sharp woman shuts the door on pop-up scam, police issue warning to other potential victims

Posted at 11:52 AM, May 30, 2019

TOWN OF NIAGARA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Police from the Town of Niagara tell us a local woman thwarted being scammed out of hundreds of dollars.

According to investigators, a victim says that while she was using her computer, she received a "pop-up" by an internet security company of a virus. She was asked to call an 800 number to purchase a program for $599.97. The woman suspected the whole thing was a scam once she was asked to give her computer ID and password. The woman tried to put the brakes on the transaction. That's when a male caller threatened to take all her money from victim's bank unless she purchased a credit card for $500.00 and provide him with the numbers. The woman agreed to the request and immediately called the police.

Police advised the woman to immediately unplug computer and contact her bank and credit cards companies. Thanks to the advice from local law enforcement, the woman was able to stop the credit card transaction for the $599.97 program.