LOCAL victims have had hundreds of dollars stolen in recent weeks after a spate of phone scams successfully targeted the region.
Four people lost about $800 in total in six months after receiving a phone call from a scammer claiming to be able to fix their computer.
Owner of in2it Information Technology, Daniel Hayes said the problem wasn't new to the area but the calls had increased.
A 59-year-old Naracoorte woman - who does not wish to be named - nearly lost $419 after falling for the scam.
After having problems with her computer, she received a phone call one morning from someone with "an Indian accent".
"I've just been so cautious of things (calls) like that," she said. "If it had been any other thing, I'd have hung up straight away."
But because her husband was having problems with their computer, she thought the call was legitimate.
The caller said: "We've been made aware that you have a problem with your computer."
A lack of technology knowledge and a desire to fix her computer problems made her ignore her instinct that something wasn't right.
Full story in this week's Herald.