Windsor Police Warn Of Rise In Computer Fraud Scams

Windsor police are sounding the alarm after what they call a rise in computer related fraud scams.

Police say they've received a number of complaints recently — most cases involve unsolicited calls from scammers posing as computer technicians. Others involve victims who respond to pop-up alerts on their computers or emails.

In all cases the scammers maintain the victim's computer has been hacked and needs to be fixed by giving them remote access — they'll ask to be paid by credit card, wire transfer, money transfer or even with gift cards.

Authorities say in one case an elderly victim was taken for more than $5,000 after communicating with a fraudster on a handful of occasions.

Police are reminding people to be suspicious of any unsolicited phone calls, emails or pop-ups on their computer — and to contact a legimate computer company directly.