Hacked! Man reports online computer scam
A resident of Old Black Rock Turnpike told police Thursday that he was the victim of a computer scam.
He said he was using his computer when someone claiming to be from Microsoft "hacked" into the device and told the Fairfield man that his computer software needed to be fixed. The so-called agent told the victim he could update the software for $15 and pay for it online using a debit card.
The victim typed in his debit card, but then was told that card wouldn't work, so he provided a credit card number. As soon as he did, he said, a Western Union transaction for $157 popped up. When he asked what that was for, the agent's face came onto the screen and said "You've been hacked" and then disappeared.