A local man has had money taken from his bank account after being targeted in a phone scam where the caller claimed to be from a credible telecommunications company.
In the wake of the incident police in Banbridge are reminding residents not to divulge any personal details over the phone or allow any unknown person access to your computer.
The caller who claimed to be from Talk Talk advised the man that he needed a computer programme installed, and remote access was allowed.
The man also provided his credit card details to the caller to pay for the technical assistance he had received.
He later discovered that money had been taken from his bank account.
Crime Prevention Officer Michelle Wilson said: “Allowing remote access to a computer can result in damage being caused to it, and confidential private and financial information could be compromised and used for criminal purposes.
“Anyone concerned about security on their computer should consider the following - if you are worried about viruses, a number of anti-virus software packages, both free and paid for, are available from reputable computer outlets and on the Internet.
“Not all on-line software is safe to install – check it out with reputable dealers and computer publications.
“Make sure your computer’s firewall is turned on and that antivirus software is installed and up to date.
“Make sure security updates from your software company are installed regularly.
“Various methods are employed by criminals to get personal information but if a company or individual contacts you and you are unsure or feel that something is not right, then ask for their contact details to ascertain their identity.
“Personal details should never be disclosed to unsolicited callers or via email or online. Legitimate companies will not usually approach you in this way.
“Anyone who believes they may have been victim of a computer scam or has any concerns should contact police on 101. Also contact police about any suspicious cold call you receive and never give personal or financial details over the phone to people you do not know.”