Police alert over computer scam.
Officers in Bedlington this week received a report of a resident receiving a phone call from someone claiming to work for BT and asking for remote access to their computer to fix supposed faults.
The fraudster talks the victim through the steps allowing them to remotely control their computer before searching it for private information.
Across the area, there have been a number of reports of this type of scam over recent months. Police are urging people not to give out any details over the phone, not to let anyone have access to their computer and to report calls to the Office of Fair Trading. If a caller is legitimate, they won't mind people carrying out checks.
The Office of Fair Trading hotline for people targeted by fraudsters is 020 7211 8111, or visit www.northeastfraudforum.
co.uk for advice.