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Financial scam making rounds locally

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The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force advises residents to be aware of a telephone-based computer scam designed to remotely access the information on your computer in order to commit identity theft. It’s commonly referred to as the “AMMYY.COM” scam.

One such case happened in Bossier City last week. A Bossier Sheriff’s deputy responded to a call in Bossier City in which a resident was concerned that she might have been a victim to a possible computer scam. Once at the resident’s home, the deputy was able to speak to the person on the other end of the phone, who had a thick foreign accent and claimed he worked for Microsoft. He told the deputy the company had received multiple “alerts” and that the laptop he was using had multiple viruses.

The deputy asked the man about five times where he was calling from, and he finally stated he was in India. The deputy asked the man what he wanted him to do, and he told him he needed to turn on his laptop and download an application called, “AMMYY.COM.” He said this would fix all of his computer problems.

Although the AMMYY.COM program is used for legitimate purposes when used between two trusted parties, law enforcement officers are warning residents that it is also being used by scammers as a means of stealing your information for criminal purposes.

Contact the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at 965-2203 or Bossier City Police Department at 741-8977 with information about identity theft or to report any type of criminal activity.