Pike County woman says caller tried to steal identity

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Officials say with increases in technology use come increases in scams involving that technology.

One Pike County woman says she was almost a victim.

Patricia Slone says someone called her home Thursday night trying to gain access to her computer.

"When I answered the phone a foreign speaking gentleman asked for me by name," she said.

Slone works at the Pike County Sheriff's Office and is familiar with recent scam reports.

She says she expected the caller to ask for money, but the call took a different turn.

"He said the reason he was calling was to inform me about some problems with my computer, that it was sending messages to other computers," said Slone.

She says the caller asked to gain remote access to her computer so he could fix the problem.

Officials say that could be detrimental.

"Once they gain access to that system the information that they can garner about you is amazing. Even though you thought you deleted it that information is still in that system," said Steve Friend with Pike County Sheriff's Office.

Officials with the Pike County Sheriff's Office say most of these scammers call people from numbers that cannot be traced.

Mountain News tried to call the number that showed up on Slone's caller I.D. and found out it had been disconnected.

"It takes a special person with specialized equipment to be able to trace these calls and then they've generally moved on to someplace else," said Friend.

Slone did not give away any personal information and warns others to be just as careful.

Officials say if you receive any suspicious calls do not give out any personal information before you verify who is calling.

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