Police warn of phone scam | TahoeDailyTribune.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Police warn of phone scam

Adam Jensen
ajensen@tahoedailytribune.com

El Dorado County Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe warned South Shore residents Tuesday about a phone scam in which the caller pretends to be a Microsoft employee attempting to help solve computer problems.

The caller attempts to gain access to personal information and asks the potential victim to download files in an alleged attempt to fix the supposed computer problems, Uthe said.

The District Attorney’s office received a single report of the scam Monday. The ploys typically happen in waves because of the automatic dialers used by the thieves, Uthe said.



He urged people not to give out personal information over the phone and question anyone who makes such requests. People may also report the scams to local law enforcement agencies, but, because the perpetrators are typically overseas, they can be extremely difficult to catch, Uthe said.

Such crimes are better “prevented than prosecuted,” Uthe said.


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


News

Library Loop: Digital resources at local libraries

|

Each of our libraries in Nevada, Placer, and Washoe Counties receive numerous calls a day asking us how to access our digital resources. One of the most popular digital resources that is made available by…



See more