BOGUS phone calls from people trying to gain access to computers have been made to residents in Kendal.

Police said there havebeen a string of complaints from people who have had a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft who has then attempted to gain remote access to computers which they claim have a virus or programme problem.

Crime prevention officer Terry Belshaw, said: “These fraudsters can be very convincing to people who may not know a lot about computers. Don’t allow anyone you don’t trust access, remotely or otherwise, to your computer.”

He said that anyone with any concerns should contact police, the county trading standards office or Action Fraud, as appropriate.

If you are unsure who to contact, call police on 101 for advice.