scam alert red2 300MADISONVILLE, Ky. (3/20/14) — The Madisonville Police Department reports having received several complaints in reference to a phone scam targeting local residents.

According to an MPD report, victims have received phone calls from a person claiming to work for Microsoft or another technical service.

The caller tells the victim that their computer is infected with a malware or other malicious file and can be cleaned for a fee. The caller then walks the victim through a series of steps which allows them to take control of the victim's computer.

Once done, personal information including credit card information is available to the caller, and malicious malware can be installed on the computer.

Legitimate technical services will not initiate contact by telephone.

MPD advises residents to never allow unknown people to remotely access their computers or give out personal information over the telephone.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Lt. Charles D. White Jr.

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

3/13 - 16

In Other News...

Providence Police Reports Released

PROVIDENCE, Ky. (5/30/15) ― The Providence Police Department released the following reports Monday, March 30. Takeisha… Read More

BES Celebrates 'Family Fun Night' Thursday

BREMEN, Ky. (3/30/15) — Bremen Elementary School celebrated Family Fun Night Thursday, March 26. Family Fun Night is… Read More
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

March 27, 2015 5952

Three Arrested during Execution of Search…

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 25, 2015 5457

Fazoli's, Roses Coming to Madisonville

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
March 24, 2015 5204

One Dies, Another Injured in Mortons Gap Traffic…

by Deputy Heath Owens
March 25, 2015 5141

Grand Jury Finds No Criminal Wrongdoing in Bean…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 24, 2015 4300

UPDATE: One Injured in Hopkinsville Road Accident

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 25, 2015 4149

Madisonville Man's Living Room Leap Lands Him in…

by Madisonville Police Department / Hopkins County Detention Center

Most Read This Month

March 09, 2015 13936

Multi-Agency Drug Bust Results in $1 Million Meth…

by KSP DESI
March 02, 2015 11653

Madisonville Teen Faces Numerous Drug Charges

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center

Stories Trending Today

March 30, 2015 3828

Man Charged with Child Abuse After Allegedly…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 30, 2015 2298

Juvenile Arrested for Cruelty to Animals

by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
March 30, 2015 2098

Two Charged in Bremen Meth Bust

by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
March 30, 2015 2009

Man Charged for Selling Drugs from Red Cardinal…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 30, 2015 1762

Report of Suspicious Man Ends with PI, Meth…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 29, 2015 1306

Huge Turnout Joins to Support Shanice Bean Family

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 30, 2015 1064

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - March 30,…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 30, 2015 806

Hopkins County Sheriff's Arrest Reports

by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
March 30, 2015 659

Easter Cuties Pageant Raises Funds for Shanice…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 30, 2015 547

Dawson Springs Police Reports Released

by Melissa Heflin