WEST NYACK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police in Rockland County are warning residents about a possible scam after a woman reported getting a call from a man who told her that her computer had been attacked by Russian hackers.
The 20-year-old West Nyack woman said the caller instructed her how to give him remote access to her computer and then told her she’d have to pay up to $5,000 to keep her files and financial information safe,Â Clarkstown Police said.READ MORE: R. Kelly Found Guilty Of All Counts In Sex Trafficking, Racketeering Trial
The files were all deleted and could not be retrieved after she refused to pay, police said.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine Mandate For New York City Teachers To Take Effect After Federal Appeals Court Lifts Temporary Ban
Although the victim did not lose any money, police said her information has been compromised.MORE NEWS: Police: Man Wanted For Groping Women Pushing Baby Strollers In Queens
Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of this scheme is being urged to contact their local police department.