Telephone scammers being nuisance again
Taranaki Daily News
By JARED SMITH
New Plymouth's Alex Scott and his wife became concerned on Thursday when they received two phone calls from a person on a "noisy international phone" claiming to be from a group called World Computer Service.
The man, ringing back a second time after Mr Scott's wife said he should speak to her husband, told him his computer "was spitting out malware", despite the fact he had recently updated his software.
Mr Scott had already been online and read international news stories saying World Computer Service was a scam.
"Stuff suggests you click on a couple of things, and Windows will always have errors, then they can access your computer and do damage, and charge you to fix it. I'm just concerned. I wouldn't like to see anyone get caught with it."
The organisation claims to be affiliated with Microsoft but Mr Scott said they never contact anyone directly.
"I pretty much told him to stop being a world nuisance and hung up on him."
The call sounded like a low quality international number – Mr Scott could not quite pick the man's accent but it could have been Indian or Middle Eastern.
Phone scams offering holiday deals, asking for advertising payments and requesting credit card details have been a regular occurrence in Taranaki.
In May, Eltham residents became concerned when an "Indian sounding" woman rang numbers asking for personal details for the recipient to receive a free holiday.
January saw Taranaki businesses targeted by a fraudster falsely representing Neighbourhood Support and requesting payment for advertising in a fictitious publication.