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Local victims lose thousands of dollars to 'pop-up' computer scams

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The Asotin County Sheriff’s Office has recently received several reports of scams from Asotin County residents, who have had tens of thousands of dollars, stolen from them.

Investigators said on Monday that the scammer uses pop-ups, advertisements, and/or fake emails on the victim’s computers to engage with them.

The scammer convinces the victims of problems with their computer or bank account, and manages to convince the victims to give them information which allows the scammer to control their computer.

The scammers provide links, names and phone numbers which appear to be legitimate but are not.

The victims are convinced to withdraw large sums of cash from their banks and instructed to lie to the bank about why. They also convince victims to buy thousands of dollars worth of gift cards from local stores and lie if questioned at the check-out stand.

The scammers gain the trust of the victims and convince them not to tell anyone.

The scammers often tell the person there is an element of illegal activity associated with their account and they could be in trouble.

The Asotin County Sheriff’s Office urges residents not to have unsolicited conversations online or by phone with persons claiming to be from Microsoft, their bank, the IRS, or other businesses.

Legitimate businesses will not ask you to lie to your bank, your family, your friends or ask you to buy gift cards or send cash anywhere.

Another scam being reported to the Asotin County Sheriff's Office in the form of a phone call saying they have an arrest warrant out of Asotin County, and the scammers have gone as far as to use local judges’ and officers’ names to convince people to send money, electronically.

Officials said you will never be asked to send money for missing jury duty or due to an arrest warrant, and if someone is trying to convince you otherwise, it is a scam.

For more information or to file a complaint with the FBI, regarding Internet scams, visit the following email address:

To make a police report contact the Asotin County Sheriff’s Office at 509-758-2331.

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