- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Attorney General Marty Jackley is again warning South Dakota residents about a scam targeting computer users.

Jackley says the state’s Consumer Protection Division has been inundated with reports from residents who have received phone calls from someone claiming to be with Microsoft Windows’ support center and wanting access to the consumer’s computer to make repairs.

The fraudulent call begins with the scammer telling consumers that their computers need an upgrade or have an issue that needs to be fixed immediately. Jackley says the scammer then connects to the computers remotely and obtains financial information and other data from consumers.

Jackley says neither Microsoft nor any of its partners make unsolicited calls to computer users. Jackley says residents who have received calls from the con artists should contact the state’s Consumer Protection Division.

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