A significant amount of money was taken from a Cork city woman’s credit-card account after she responded to a call claiming that her computer had to be fixed. The Cork city woman told gardaí that a man called her to tell her about a problem with her computer. The man retained her on the phone for three hours, telling her that he could repair the problem. He asked her for her credit-card details, telling her that there was a small fee for the service. However, after the call ended, she discovered that between €7,000 and €8,000 had been taken from her account, in a number of transactions over the three hours. She immediately went to gardaí. The transactions were stopped by the woman’s bank and her money was retrieved. Gardaí believe that the woman was held on the phone for such a long duration to prevent her receiving phone calls from her bank about suspicious activity on her account. Such calls are regularly received from people claiming there is a problem with the householder’s computer. In some cases, the householder may not even own a computer. Gardaí said that the woman was not elderly and she was duped by a very sophisticated caller.
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