Loudoun County Sheriff's Office warns of telephone scams

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning Wednesday to beware of a telephone scam after an Ashburn woman received a call from someone purporting to be a computer technician and asking for access to her computer and for financial information.

Officials say the caller claimed to work at Microsoft and told the woman her computer had been hacked. The scammer said they were calling to help fix the problem and asked to access the woman’s computer. After gaining access, the caller possibly installed a virus on the computer, then asked for the victim’s bank card information to purchase a virus protection program.

In some cases, authorities say the scammer may direct the victim to a website to enter payment information, which then allows the scammer access to the victim’s banking information.

According to Microsoft, they do not make unsolicited call to help fix your computers.