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By Lou Marzeles

Scammers strike again by phone


The Microsoft Mafia is at it again.

Actually it’s neither Microsoft nor the Mafia. But then the people calling around Klickitat County to save their precious computers from technological apocalypse aren’t genuine either.

“If you don’t know a lot about computers,” says Goldendale resident Susan Callahan, “they can sound like they’re for real.”

Callahan got ripped off for $140, small compared to others hit with the same scam. She also had her computer turn into a dead and very large paperweight after the scammers were finished with it.

They called and said they were from Microsoft and they were there to help. They had Indian subcontinent accents, ironically adding to their a...

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