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Yakima man duped by computer scam

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YAKIMA, Wash.- A Yakima man falls victim to a computer scam from a company claiming to be with Microsoft.

A Better Business Bureau spokesperson says Clarence Gordon was "duped" into thinking he was being called by someone from the company's security center.

Gordon said he agreed to the help and his computer ended up being locked up by an out of country company. The billing name on his credit card was ULTIMBLOCK.COM. The charge was higher due to "the foreign currency exchange."

"(The) gentlemen in Yakima downloaded an anti-virus software program, and unfortunately it loaded viruses rather than unloading them," explained Norma Miller, with the Better Business Bureau.

The company that called was not affiliated with Microsoft.

Miller says to never open a link in an e-mail that is sent to you from a company, but rather go to the actual company website.

Here are some tips from the BBB, as well as what to do if you become a victim of this scam: http://spokane.bbb.org/article/cons-mimic-microsoft-say-computer-has-problems-25276.