AN ALERT went out today over bogus companies offering a repair service to computer users in Burton and South Derbyshire Police have received reports from members of the public who have been contacted via telephone by crooks claiming they work on behalf of Microsoft.

They claim that they have received information via the customer’s internet service provider that they have serious viral problems with their computer.

The customer is asked to log on to their computer and download a programme that hands over remote control of the computer so the problem can be fixed.

The customer is then asked to pay a subscription fee to prevent it happening again.

It has since been established that the computers had nothing wrong and the customers have given a stranger access to their machines and any information they store on them.

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