Police warn of phone scam
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.