Scammer nets more than $5,000

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The South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding you to watch out for cons and scams after a Municipality of Kincardine resident lost $5,800.

 

While using the computer, the victim noticed a pop-up window advising of a problem with the computer. After speaking with the "service technician", they were told the computer had been hacked. Bitcoin was sent to cover the "repairs" and a total of $5,800 was taken.

 

The South Bruce OPP wants you to know that the computer repair scam has been going for a long time because it continues to make money. If you believe that there is a problem with your computer, the best advice is to bring it to a local, authorized, computer repair shop.

 

Always be cautious with unsolicited email, phone calls, letters, even visitors at your door. Unsolicited means that you didn't ask for it. Always be certain who you are dealing with before you ever consider sending money or sharing personal information.

 

Tech-savvy scammers will use technology to create very convincing schemes to trick you into sending them money. They will commonly use the name of a real company to gain your trust so that you will send money or personal information to them.

 

The South Bruce OPP is offering you some tips to help protect you from a con artist:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is. 
  • Remember that you can't win a contest that you didn't enter in the first place.
  • If you have a concern about your computer, take it to a reputable repair shop for service. Do not provide remote access to a "tech" that calls you out of the blue
  • Gift cards are a red flag. If someone contacts you and directs you to buy gift cards, you need to hang up the phone.
  • Your best defence is to verify any unsolicited contact. Unsolicited means that you didn't ask for it.

 

Fraud is a multi-million-dollar enterprise that will only end when they stop making money.

 

Anyone interested in more information on fraud can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1 888 495 8501 or check online at http://www.antifraudcentre.ca/.

 

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

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