Police: Beware phone scam
concerning computer viruses

Last modified: Monday, August 18, 2014
NORTHAMPTON — Police are warning residents about a phone scam targeting computer owners after a resident with a tablet computer paid more than $400 to have the device repaired but instead found numerous viruses had been installed on it.

The resident contacted police Friday at 12:24 p.m. after getting a call from a person pretending to be Microsoft technician Brad Brown, police said. Brown allegedly told the resident that he would remove the viruses from the tablet for $450. Instead, after using a debit card to pay for the work, the owner determined that the technician had installed multiple viruses on the device.

Police said the resident later paid another $80 at a computer repair store to have the viruses removed from the tablet.