Goodhue County, MN (KROC-AM News)- A resident of southeast Minnesota recently fell victim to a costly scam. 

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That’s according to the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office. The scam was reported to law enforcement earlier this month. 

Authorities say the scam victim reported getting a pop-up on their computer that appeared to have been from Microsoft. The Belle Creek Township resident then reported calling a phone number on the pop-up and was told that hackers had taken over their computer. 

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The scammer also indicated to the victim that they had lost $31,500 from the faux hacking. The victim was then instructed to send twice that amount in bitcoin to get their money back. 

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Officials say the victim followed those instructions leading to a loss of $63,000. The Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to talk to their loved ones about scams. 

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The pop-up scam comes off the heels of a banking scam reported earlier this month in Goodhue County. 

In that case the victim lost $16,000 after getting a phone call from a scammer who had spoofed the phone number from the victim’s bank.

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