Rushworth woman highlights dangers of seeking computer assistance.ASHLEIGH WILLIAMSON October 10, 2012 4:43am
A Rushworth woman wants to warn others about a possible scam involving computer technicians claiming to be Microsoft contractors.
The woman, who did not want to be named, recently shared a photo of a hot air balloon on her laptop — after which about 60 random photos kept appearing on her laptop screen and she also had trouble accessing her Facebook account.
‘‘They weren’t rude (pictures) or anything, but they were annoying,’’ the woman said.
She then searched Google for Microsoft’s support line number in an effort to fix the problem.
The number she found and used was for a company based in New Delhi that claimed to be a contractor for Microsoft.
‘‘Microsoft don’t contract to anybody,’’ she said.
‘‘They (the New Delhi company) were in my computer and didn’t tell me who they were.
‘‘I feel they could be spying on me with what they have done.’’
The woman said the company charged her $189.99, which she is hoping to recover from her bank.
A Kyabram technician has since checked her laptop and found no problems.
‘‘(The New Delhi company) is probably okay, because the guy in Kyabram said there was nothing really wrong with what they did, but we don’t know the quality of the stuff,’’ the woman said. The woman encourages people to ask their internet provider for the phone number of Microsoft’s support line, instead of searching for it online.
Raising awareness about family violence's impact on children message of network's new poster
Police are currently at the scene of a double fatal collision involving two cars in at the Cahill Road, Gilmore Street and Woods Road intersection in Yarrawonga.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
The Echuca construction team behind Junction Moama has taken out one of the top honours at a regional building awards ceremony.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
About 7600 residents served by Goulburn Valley Water are affected by a boil-water advisory.
Scone Equine Hospital relaunches local veterinary practice.
A beauty pamper day has raised a whopping $18k to assist local lady Terri Bevan with her ongoing medical costs associated with her brain tumour
A planning scheme amendment to allow the expansion and redevelopment of the IGA supermarket at Heathcote has been approved by the Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne.
Cross-border rivals Cobram and Barooga football netball clubs will contest the 38th Cobram Courier Shield this weekend.
An exciting three-hole playoff saw Virginia Lange take a narrow win in the Deniliquin Ladies Golf Championship last Thursday.
The G-MW Murray gravity irrigation system has received 35 per cent and the Goulburn system 42 per cent of allocation from July 1.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.