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August 19, 2011 3:15 PM

William Powell, Lib Dem Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales and County Councillor for Talgarth ward, is backing calls from Dyfed Powys Police's E-crime unit for Powys residents to be vigilant against an ongoing computer virus scam.

William explained: "The scammers are pretending to be a company working in partnership with Microsoft. They are making unsolicited calls to residents. If they call you they will tell you that your computer has contracted a 'spyware virus' and will request to be allowed remote access to your personal computers in order to fix it. They will also charge £140 for the service.

"If you do allow these people remote access to your computer, they will download a virus which will disable your current computer protection. You will then almost certainly have to spend even more money on professional help to fix your computer.

"These scammers are simply trying to make money for themselves and cause problems for ordinary residents. I urge all Powys residents to be vigilant."

Francesca Jump, Lib Dem Councillor for Gungrog Ward and Chair of the Lib Dem Group on Powys County Council added: "It is all too easy to fall for such scams, particularly if you do not know a great deal about computers. All Powys residents who depend on their computers ought to memorise the details of this scam so that they can recognise it if they are contacted."