Cooperstown Woman Scammed Out of Nearly $1,700

| June 22, 2022

JACKSON TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Franklin-based State Police are warning the public of potential scams after a Cooperstown woman was conned out of nearly $1,700. 

State Police in Franklin were requested to respond to a residence on East Wayne Road, in Jackson Township, Venango County, for a report of theft and fraud.

Police say the victim’s computer froze while using it and showed a screen to contact Microsoft for support.

The victim subsequently contacted the phone number and was defrauded in the amount of $1,672.68 in computer repairs that never took place.

The public is reminded that the “Microsoft Has Blocked The Computer” error is fake – a scam that has nothing to do with Microsoft.

“Cyber criminals claim to be certified technicians and offer help (which is not needed) for a certain fee,” police say.

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