A Gorebridge woman has warned people of a ‘Microsoft’ computer scam

Helen Brown, Gorebridge, who has been the victim of a computer scam.
Helen Brown, Gorebridge, who has been the victim of a computer scam.

A Gorebridge woman is warning people to be aware of a computer scam that recently cost her more than £200.

Helen Brown (67) is a semi-retired carer who used to run Birkendale Care Home. She received a call from a man with an American accent, claiming to be from Microsoft.

She gave him access to her computer, only to be left with a £209 bill and viruses on her machine.

She said: “It was so devious. I feel as though I want to punch someone. I just want to make people aware of this. I got a call from ‘Microsoft’ telling me I had viruses on my machine. So, because it had been slowing up I thought what he said was true. He said it would cost £300. I told him I couldn’t afford that as I’m a pensioner and agreed to pay £209. I allowed them on my machine for four hours by giving them my computer code. It’s my fault, but I trusted them.

“They called me on July 4 and I paid the bill at the end of the month through my card. After the call the computer appeared to be working fine, but the day after the money came off it didn’t work anymore.”

Read more on this in the August 29 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.