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Friday, February 20, 2015

TOWN OF LOCKPORT — A Purdy Road man is out $398 after falling victim to a phone scam.

The man told Niagara County Sheriff's deputies that someone called him on Feb. 13 claiming to be "Microsoft" and saying that they were alerted to problems on his computer, which they could fix for a $398 licensing fee.

The complainant told patrol that he gave the caller his bank account information only to receive another phone call later telling him that he shouldn't have been charged and asking for more information so the money could be refunded. He then gave the caller two more pieces of information — his mother's maiden name and his driver's license number — before realizing that "something did not seem right."

The man told patrol that after contacting his bank, he changed his banking information to avoid being fleeced for more money.

Patrol advised the complainant not to provide any personal information to any unknown callers in the future.
NCSO's Criminal Investigation Bureau was notified for possible further investigation.

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