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Portage Public Safety sends warning on computer fraud calls

PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Portage Public Safety is sending out a warning on computer fraud.

Investigators say that a number of Portage residents have received calls from a person posing as a computer technician. The caller requests information to access a computer in the home, claiming that it has a virus or infection and that they will remove it.

In some cases, the person will lock the victim from their computer, demanding hundreds of dollars to access their own computer. In other cases they will install software to capture passwords and other information.

Police say you should be aware that the unsolicited callers are misrepresenting themselves as being affiliated with well-known computer products and services.