Computer Fix Scam

Oceanside

2017-08-29 12:15 PDT

File # 2017-7698

On August 25, the Oceanside RCMP received a complaint from a local resident advising she had been the victim of a fraud for the amount of $1899. The complainant stated that she had received a phone call from someone stating they were with the Microsoft Corporation and that in order to have her computer fixed, she would have to pay a fee. The complainant agreed to pay this amount and sent $1818.99 (fees included) to India via Money Gram.

After realizing that she had been scammed, the complainant called her bank and Money Gram and was advised the money had been removed from her account and picked up in India - there was no recourse for her.

This scam is easily avoided. Take your computer to a local repair shop or call a mobile repair specialist if you feel you have a virus or issue.

These scammers can be very convincing and in the recent cases, they claimed to be representing the Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft will not call you, therefore, simply hang up if you receive a similar call.

If you receive a similar call, simply hang up, do not allow remote access to your computer to be gained and do not provide money orders, credit card numbers or personal details to these scammers.
 

Released by

Cpl. Jesse Foreman

NCO i/c Community Policing
Oceanside RCMP
oceanside.bc.rcmp.ca
727 West Island Highway, Parksville BC V9P 1B9
Office: 250-248-6111 extension 245

Email: bcrcmp@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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