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Lowndes Co. Sheriff's Office investigating computer virus scam

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Stryde Jones Stryde Jones
LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office is investigating after several Lowndes County residents recently became victims of a computer virus scam.

The scammers contact residents and tell them they have a virus on their computer and need to send money to fix it. Once the person sends the money, the scammers go in and erase everything from the computer.
 
"The victims are contacted and told that there's some sort of computer virus or ailment within their computer," said Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Stryde Jones. "They send money, [and then] the person actually accesses their computer and deletes everything."
 
Jones added that other sheriff's office are also investigating a similar scam, but could not confirm which sheriff's offices. So far, investigators have not been able to identify the source of the scam.

 

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