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State police are warning people to be alert for scammers trying to target them.

Earlier this month, two people in their 60s — living in Hopewell and Peach Bottom townships — were targeted by computer scams, according to state police news releases.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, a 65-year-old Hopewell Township woman paid for Microsoft software from a company called One Solutions, but the software didn't work, police said.

When she asked for a refund, the company "significantly" over-refunded her, troopers said.

The company then asked her to send back the overpayment by buying gift cards and sending the company the accompanying gift-card information, according to police.

During this process, the woman lost money, but police didn't say how much.

"This is a common scam event and the public is reminded to use caution when dealing with companies or transactions involving the use of wire transfers and gift cards," Trooper Timothy Reynolds wrote in the news release.

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, a 62-year-old Peach Bottom Township man told police that he received a pop-up ad on his computer alerting him that he had a virus, according to a second news release.

He called the advertised company, Rapid Technicians, to have them remove the virus, police said.

While on the phone, the man gave the company his checking account information to pay for the service, but the company instead stole $2,700 from his account, police said.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

 

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