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Rochester man victim of online computer scam

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- One Rochester resident got more than he bargained for when he gave his computer information to someone over the phone.

Rochester police say a man claiming to be with Microsoft Office called a 59-year-old Rochester man who lives on the 4000 block of 4th Place Northwest.

The caller said the company had discovered a problem on his computer, and that the caller would trouble shoot the problem. Police say the victim gave the caller his computer information.

After the problem was fixed, the caller requested the victims credit card information. The victim denied the scammer's request, and the the man claiming to be with Microsoft began deleting personal information off the man's computer.

The victim eventually disabled the Internet connection to the computer before anymore files or pictures could be deleted.

Microsoft says it doesn't make unsolicited phone calls to charge anyone for computer security or software fixes.

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