A Sutton Bridge woman is warning people about a computer scam which nearly cost her about £200.
The woman, who asked not to be named, was almost caught out by a message on her computer which claimed that a software package was fake.
But when she called a telephone number shown on the message, the woman found that her computer had been accessed remotely without her permission.
The woman said: “I got a message across the bottom of my screen which said ‘this copy of Windows 7 is not genuine’.
“At first, I ignored it thinking it would go away.
“But the next time the message came up, I rang the free number shown to try and find out who it had come from.
“It turned out to be a firm called PC Pro Cleaner who I’d never heard of and the lady I spoke to said if I paid them £199, it would allow them to do a monthly check on my computer for viruses and put anything that was wrong right at no cost for a year.
“I then noticed a cursor moving around my screen and thought ‘I didn’t give you permission to access my computer’. So I switched it off and unplugged it which, according to my bank, meant that they couldn’t get access to the information they would have needed to get my money.”
The latest British Crime Survey showed fraud and computer crime to be the most common crimes in England and Wales, with more than 400,000 reported incidents last year.