Exeter resident swindled in South African scam

Sheriffs respond to an Exeter resident who was swindled out of $1,200 online after a malware threat


EXETER – It is a difficult day and age to be giving out personal information online, much less money. Too often misleading pop-ups and notifications can steer users in a dark direction. And on Tuesday, Feb. 6, Tulare County Sheriff Deputies from the Visalia Substation were dispatched to the 31900 block of Fritz Drive, Exeter, regarding possible fraud.

Upon arrival to the residence, it was learned that the victim, while on a personal computer, had received a pop-up message stating the personal computer had potential threats, malware, and a virus.  The pop-up message instructed the victim to contact Tom Wood of Rev Wire Tech Company to assist in removing any and all threats from the computer.

During the investigation, it was learned that the victim contacted Rev Wire Tech Company to assist in removing all unwanted malware and threats. The victim was offered multiple levels of assistance and spent $1,200. Further investigation of Rev Wire Tech showed that the company is a fraudulent company from South Africa.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or any other possible financial scams is urged to contact Deputy M. Conley with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-808-0488 / 559-733-6218 or anonymously at [email protected] or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.

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