Area law enforcement authorities are warning the public of a new scam that has been reported in Northwest Iowa in the past few days.
The latest scam was reported in Sioux County, where the Sioux County Sheriff's Office says it was advised that a resident had received a phone call from an individual who spoke with a Middle Eastern or Indian accent. The caller purported to be representing software company Microsoft, and was calling because Microsoft had received error messages from the person's computer. The caller then attempted to talk the potential victim into signing up for a computer maintenance agreement. To do so, the potential victim would be required to give the caller their bank account information to complete the transaction.
If the caller were to obtain the bank information, the victim's bank account could have been wiped out.
Local authorities re-emphasize the warning to never give out personal information, such as bank account information, over the phone to someone you do not know.
Also, authorities remind residents that the best rule to avoid scammers is to remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually isn't true.
Anyone who receives such a call is advised to not give out any personal information or banking information, and to contact their nearest law enforcement agency as soon as possible