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Computer Scams Are Making The Rounds In Yavapai County

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In time for the holidays, scammers are at it again in Yavapai County. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office says two computer scams affected residents recently. One case in October involved a 69-year-old Paulden man who was using his computer when a pop-up came on his screen advising his computer had been hacked. A few moments later he received a call on his home phone from a company identified as “Tech Nest Solutions.” The person told the man he needed to buy a software package worth $499. The man provided the caller his credit card and social security numbers. The victim later sensed he was scammed and called the credit card company, who told him to call police. Earlier this month, a deputy met with a 67-year-old man at his Prescott home who said the same thing happened to him, except the company was “Right Net Care.” They tried to convince him they could remove the problem and offered a $199 protection plan. A short time later, the victim figured out he was being scammed and hung up the phone and unplugged his computer. Authorities say if you receive a pop up like this, it’s very likely a scam. Seek help if you are not sure of its legitimacy. Never accept a cold call or allow an unknown person to access your computer remotely.