WHEATFIELD – A 74-year-old woman told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies Thursday that she got a call at her Nash Road home Wednesday evening from someone claiming to be from Microsoft who talked her into buying an unneeded $149 security system for her computer.
She said a woman caller told her there were errors on her computer and it would crash if she did not fix the problem. She said the woman told her to log on to her computer and gave her an ID number that made her think the call was legitimate. She said a manager was put on the phone, who identified himself as Kevin Williams, and said she could purchase a one year or lifetime protection for her computer, but must do it immediately.
She agreed to purchase a one year subscription for $149 on her Discover card, but realized after looking into it further that she had been the victim of a fraud. The woman said she was able to cancel the purchase, but was advised by Discover that other accounts may be compromised and said she needed to lock her bank accounts and contact all credit reporting agencies.