A SECURITY-conscious woman is warning people in Hartlepool to be on their guard against conmen callers after someone tried to hack into her computer.
Eileen Burton, 57, was ordered to go to her computer and follow the cold caller’s instructions.
The caller claimed there was a problem with her Microsoft Windows operating system and needed repairing.
It is feared the caller was actually trying to hack into Eileen’s computer to gain access to scores of personal details that could be used in identity fraud.
But Eileen, married to retired packaging worker Ray, 60, was suspicious and put the phone down before calling police.
They are warning people to be on guard after a flurry of similar reports in recent days.
Eileen, of the Fens area of Hartlepool, said: “They said ‘there is a problem with your computer, your Windows needs repairing’.
“They told me to go and sit at my computer. I said ‘I’m not doing it until you tell me which company I am with’ then I put the phone down.
“It was sounding more weird by the minute and was quite intimidating.”
Eileen, a mum of three and grandmother of two, reported the incident to Virgin and also police who told her they had received 10 similar calls that day.
The retired nurse now wants to make people aware of the risk so other people do not fall into the conmen’s trap.
She added: “If I hadn’t been so switched on I could have gone on the computer and they could have got in.
“Someone who is gullible could get taken in. I think it’s terrible and people need to know.”
A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “We are aware of similar calls being reported to police in Hartlepool.
“We would remind householders to be vigilant and to never disclose any personal details for your computer or bank details to anyone who calls you.”