Keep an eye out for computer conmen

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A PENSIONER is warning others after he was duped by a computer virus scam.

Dave Bareham was tricked by conmen who persuaded him to give details of his computer, which allowed them to access his machine.

The 71-year-old, of Hawthorn Lane, Hemel Hempstead, was even talked in to parting with his cash for additional anti-virus protection by the fraudsters, who claimed to work for Microsoft.

Mr Bareham is urging others not to fall for the scam. He said: “I feel I have been violated. It is like giving them a key to your house.

“Whatever you do, if anyone calls from India saying there is a major computer fault put the phone down.”

He has since put a stop on his bank cards and has had his computer taken away by a specialist technician.

Chief security adviser at Microsoft Stuart Aston said: “We are aware of scams involving people claiming to be from Microsoft and needing remote access to consumers’ PCs. These scams are not new.

“We would like to remind users of Microsoft software that the company does not keep track of consumers that purchase their software and does not directly contact consumers for any reason whatsoever.”