Police in Portadown are warning the public to be vigilant against bogus telephone calls offering to ‘fix’ viruses on their computers.
In one recent incident a local resident was contacted by a man who asked her to switch on her computer as they believed it was being targeted by hackers.
The resident refused and the caller became abusive.
Allowing remote access to a computer can result in damage being caused to it, and confidential private and financial information could be compromised and used for criminal purposes.
Police advise: * If you are worried about viruses, a number of anti-virus software packages, both free and paid for, are available from reputable computer outlets and on the internet.
* Not all on-line software is safe to install – check it out with reputable dealers and computer publications.
* Make sure your computer’s firewall is turned on and that antivirus software is installed and up to date.
* Make sure security updates from your software company are installed regularly.
Anyone who believes they may have been victim of this type of scam or has any concerns should contact police on the 101 non-emergency number. Also contact the police about any suspicious cold call you receive and never give personal or financial details over the phone to people you do not know.