PEOPLE in Derbyshire have been warned to be on their guard following a rise in complaints about two types of telephone scams.
In the first half of 2011 Derbyshire County Council received 46 complaints about a computer scam – more than the 44 reports it received about the same type of scam during the whole of 2010.
Con artists telephone householders claiming they have a virus or security problem on their home computer.
They attempt to persuade householders to log on and allow them remote access, enabling them to gain personal information and bank details.
And they often ask for payment by debit or credit card. These details may then be shared with criminals and the security of the victim’s computer compromised.
Derbyshire businesses have also been targeted, with one advertising-agency scam seeking payment for adverts in non-existent community magazines.
Traders have also received calls and letters from scam businesses and their debt collectors claiming they owe money for advertising placed several months earlier.