- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning residents about a scam resurfacing in the state that targets computer users.

The Consumer Protection Division has received multiple reports of residents receiving calls from someone claiming to be from the support center of Microsoft Windows wanting to gain access to the person’s computer in order to make repairs.

The call begins with the scammer saying that the person’s computer has an urgent problem or virus that must be fixed immediately.

Once the scammer is connected to the computer, they either obtain the person’s financial information through a fraudulent “pay” website or install malicious software that combs the computer for personal information.

Jackley says people should never give remote access to their computer to any unsolicited caller for any reason.

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