LUBBOCK, TX -- A Lubbock man, Hank Micola Von Furstenrecht, says he was the victim of a sneaky computer scam and a local expert says the scam is becoming more common. Someone called Micola Von Furstenrecht claiming to be Microsoft/Windows Security and asked for remote access to his computer. When granted access, the scammer locked the computer and demanded money.
"I hit that thing and then I thought, 'Oh no what did I do?' because then I saw the arrow starting to move. He had control of my computer," said Micola Von Furstenrecht.
Micola Von Furstenrecht refused to pay the scammer money. Instead, he brought the computer to local repair shop Technically Nerds.
"Recently a lot of those scammers out there have been just locking their computer out where they can't get into it again if they don't pay. So, its really they are holding them ransom," said Technically Nerds owner Brian Cooper.
Cooper says this scam is gaining in popularity.
"We've gotten about three or four recently the last two months, but most of the time they hang up before they give the people from Microsoft or supposedly Microsoft permission to access the computer," said Cooper.
Micola Von Furstenrecht says he has learned his lesson, but he doesn't want others to fall for the same scam.
"I just want them to know that please just shut your computer off. Don't talk to them. Hang up or whatever. Just don't talk to them," said Micola Von Furstenrecht.