Cops: Phone Scam's Goal May Be Identity Theft

Two town residents were recently asked by callers to give over sensitive information about their home computers, which Darien police fear may be sought in order to commit identity theft.

Darien police are warning town residents to be on guard against phone callers who tell them their home computers have been taken over by an Internet virus.

The callers then ask for sensitive information about their home computer networks.

"This activity is fraudulent in nature, and is solely intended to conduct malicious activity, possibly identity theft," police wrote in emailed and online warning to town residents.

"Recently, two Darien residents were contacted by phone, with the caller ID listed as "McGraw Hill" and a phone number listed as '212-438-7895'," town police said in the warning notice, which was emailed and posted online at 8:56 p.m. Monday.

"The caller informs the resident that his/her home computer has been compromised and is spreading a computer virus throughout the neighborhood."

Residents should not give out information about their computers to these callers, police said.

"The phone number has been 'spoofed', as a way to mask the caller's true phone number," police said in the warning. The corporate security office of McGraw Hill knows about the incidents, police said.

If you get a call like this, Darien police suggest you file a complaint with the FCC at http://www.fcc.gov/complaints.

Ksmithee August 22, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Here is another # to watch out for that I just received a call from: 212-000-3459 I never answer a "name not known" or others with strange names/800 #'s so googled it after fact and came up with various complaints from others saying male with thick accent told them there computer might have a virus, etc and were given a website to check it and get "protective software". scam
Joe Pankowski August 22, 2012 at 03:02 PM
...also, be very careful about giving out your credit card information to someone allegedly calling on behalf of your college or university. It is very easy for thieves to "Google" people, find out where they went to school, and then pose as a school representative seeking support. The much better practice for each phone solicitation is to ask for a pledge card and then send in a check to a known alumni organization address.
Gopal Das August 24, 2012 at 08:00 AM
I think everybody should check out the Scam Detector app. I believe they're online as well.


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