Woman reports possible scam

WEBSTER CITY – Chris Thompson, of Webster City, said Thursday that she received a suspicious phone call that she believes is a scam.

She said someone with a strong foreign accent, who said they were calling from Microsoft, said her computer was “pinging badly” and had a virus.

The number showed up as “out of area” on Thompson’s caller ID.

After doing some research, Thompson said she discovered other people have fallen for similar scams and have been charged hundreds of dollars.

“I looked it up. They get remote access to your computer,” Thompson said.

The Iowa attorney general’s office told Thompson that such scams should be reported at www.ic3.gov.