The Greenwood County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a new telephone scam in the area.
Capt. Dale Kittles says that the new scammers claim to be from Microsoft and tell the person they call that Microsoft has detected a virus in the person's Microsoft software. The scammer then asks to remotely connect to the person's computer where they gather all the person's personal information.
"People should never give remote access to their computer to anyone they do not know," Kittle says. "Microsoft does not contact anyone to tell them there is a virus on their computer."
According to the website ammyy.com, scammers are using the ammyy remote connection software to scam people. The website says that anyone calling and claiming they are using the ammyy software to clean out viruses or fix errors is attempting to scam you. The website says that the company never contacts anyone.
Kittles says the calls appear to be coming from Canada and the caller has an Asian accent. The number from which the calls are placed most often is 471-581-5322, Kittles says.
If you receive a call from this number, or any number, and someone asks for remote access to your computer, hang the phone up immediately and contact GCSO at 864-942-8600.