Fake computer virus

A U. of I. employee reported that she received an alert on her computer that it had a virus. The message instructed her to call a phone number to speak with an information technology representative. That representative asked for the employee’s personal information, which she provided. He then directed her to purchase a gift card from a local retail store and provide the card information over the phone. The employee did so, and then reported the scam to police when she was directed to purchase more gift cards.