Police warn of scammers showing up at houses posing as Microsoft employees

ASHEVILLE, NC – Authorities in Asheville are alerting the public to a sophisticated scam in which criminals impersonate Microsoft employees to gain access to personal information and steal money. The Asheville Police Department reported that the scam has already resulted in losses of $50,000 from two local residents.

In a press release issued Tuesday, police detailed how the scam unfolds. Fraudsters send an individual posing as a Microsoft employee to the victim’s home to collect money in person. This face-to-face interaction has made the scam particularly effective, exploiting the trust and vulnerability of unsuspecting individuals.

The suspect’s vehicle is described as a dark silver or gray Toyota Highlander, possibly with damage to the front right quarter panel. Authorities are urging anyone with information about the vehicle or the scam to contact local law enforcement immediately.

“We strongly advise residents to exercise caution and verify the identity of anyone claiming to represent Microsoft or any other company,” the police emphasized. They also stressed the importance of confirming representatives’ credentials through official channels before engaging with them or providing any money.

The Asheville Police Department is working diligently to track down the perpetrators and prevent further incidents. They encourage the community to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

As the investigation continues, police are collaborating with cybersecurity experts to better understand the methods used by these scammers and to develop strategies to protect residents from falling victim to such schemes.