CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office reported Thursday that it has received over 100 calls from consumers across the state reporting a technology scam.
Consumers report having received a voicemail purporting to come from a major technology company in which the caller demands payment of up to $399 for antivirus software the consumer supposedly purchased.
“Consumers should use caution whenever they receive a suspicious call like this, particularly if they don’t have a prior relationship with the company in question,” Attorney General Morrisey said.
“Look for red flags such as a machine-generated voice, unusual word choices or improper grammar. Most importantly, never hand money over to a scammer or allow them to hack your computer and cause havoc.”
The phone calls often feature a robotic voice. In several instances, the voice informs the recipient, “This is to inform you that we have renewed your antivirus security for