Authorities in New Hampshire are alerting the public to a new fraud that usually targets seniors. Attorney General’s Office officials reported that more people are reporting the ‘phantom hacker scam’.
According to Senior Assistant Attorney General Bryan Townsend II, Scammers are very good at their job. So, it’s very easy to fall for such scams. The con artists prey on senior citizens by posing as IT service providers.
In the scam, you will receive a pop-up on your computer, an email, or a text message informing you that your machine has been hacked or infected with a virus. In that notification, there will be a phone number to call for tech support; however, the person on the other end of the call is a fraudster looking to defraud you out of your money.
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Scammers frequently collaborate while posing as representatives of governmental or financial organizations. They will try to convince you to transfer your money into what they claim is a secure account and will ask for remote access to your computer.
Some con artists even go one step further and have you purchase expensive goods, like gold, which they then have a courier service pick up and send to them. The con artists frequently reside outside of the nation or state.
The victims in this case have lost a substantial sum of money, and the scammers are usually foreign when you lose the money. Even if someone is discovered, you won’t receive your money back.
According to the attorney general’s office, if you have fallen for one of these scams, you should contact the police right away, get your computer checked, and make sure your bank hasn’t compromised any of your accounts.
According to the office, no bank or government agency will ever get in touch with you and request that you provide them with cash or expensive goods.
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