Scammers are always looking for new ways to steal your identity. Or they put a new twist on an old method so they can make a quick buck.
One local man says it just happened to him and he recorded the phone scam.
Some of us have gotten phone calls from a person claiming to be a long lost relative who's overseas and needs money to get back home. Or perhaps they claim to be with a bank and ask for your private information.
A local man says in his case, the caller said he was from Windows, as in Microsoft Windows, and he was told there was a problem with his computer.
Octavio Fernandez lives a normal life, except he says scammers try to take him all the time. So, he decided to start recording the phone calls he gets from people he thinks are scammers.
This is what Fernandez and the scammer talked about.
"Who are you? Well I'm from Windows. You mean from Microsoft Windows?... Yes. And, so I know Microsoft Windows, they don't call you, you call them. They don't call you."
And, the caller already had some of Fernandez' personal information, like an old address, an old credit card number, and he claimed to have Fernandez' computer IP address.
"He was trying to get me to go to some website that probably remotely controlled my computer, then take everything and well, you are concerned. You know he has all my information," said Fernandez.
As these scams become more known to the public, scammers try to stay one step ahead.
"We are finding this is an old scam with a new twist. I would expect to see more of this out there. They're evolving and so should we as citizens," said Lt. Todd Bishop, Kern County Sheriffs Office.
We called the phone number that came up on Fernandez' caller ID when he received the call. We heard a recording that sounded like the number had been disconnected.
The Sheriff's Department says we all need to be cautious whenever someone is asking for personal information.
Banks, credit card and phone companies already have your information, so they shouldn't need to call and ask you for it.
If it doesn't seem right, there is a good chance it isn't.