Mid-South Man Avoids Falling Victim To Internet Phone Scam

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(Germantown) If you look at the walls of George Galey's home office, you can tell he's a man who loves to fish.

The 80-year-old retiree also enjoys surfing the net on his computer, even though a man claiming to be a Microsoft technician tried to con him over the phone.

"I got a phone call, says 'I understand you got problems with your computer. It's fixing to crash, let me help you.' I keyed in. He showed me what the problem was, " Galey said.    

The internet scam artist connected remotely to Galey's computer and then said he needed $300 to repair the problems.           

Galey says he knew something wasn't right.

when he hung up the phone, the caller crashed his computer.

"When he said my computer was going to crash in ten minutes. Nobody knows when a computer is going to crash. I hung up," Galey said.     

Microsoft is aware of what it calls an emerging internet phone scam potentially costing victims of all ages hundreds of dollars.

The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South recommends you always be suspicious.

Randy Hutchinson, is the president of the BBB, said, "If you get a phone call, email, text message asking for any type of personal, confidential, financial information hang up, delete or whatever the appropriate way of ending the conversation."           

It's a warning George Galey hopes others will listen to in hopes of not becoming telephone bait for an internet scam, "If you didn't call them, don't talk to them."