The Brick Township Police Department would like to advise the public of a computer scam that is occurring in our area. Twice during the last week, township residents were contacted by unknown subjects, who advised them that they had viruses on their computer.
In one instance the suspect was able to operate the victims’ computer remotely while requesting their credit card information for the purpose of purchasing “virus protection.”
In both cases the money was removed from the victim’s accounts and sent to a Western Union account. No virus protection or any other legitimate service was purchased during these transactions.
“Residents are reminded that they should not provide any financial information via phone or computer to companies that they are not familiar with, says Sgt. Henry Drew.
In addition, residents who believe that they may be a victim of this scam, or believe they may have had their computer accessed remotely, are asked to contact the Brick Township Police Department directly at 732-262-1100.
These cases are being investigated by Detective Gregory Mullarkey of the Brick Township Police Detective Bureau. Mullarkey can be reached at 732-262-1122. It is unknown at this time how these individuals accessed the victims’ computers. [TLS]