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Sunshine Coast RCMP warning residents about common computer scam

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Sunshine Coast RCMP are warning residents about a common computer scam. They’ve had numerous reports of people getting suspicious calls in what’s often referred to as “The Microsoft Scam”.
Someone claiming to be from a reputable computer company tells the resident they have a virus on their computer, that can be fixed for around $50. The victim is told to download some software, which enables the scammer to access online banking information and personal data.
The scammer then tells the resident that the company mistakenly deposited money into their bank account, and they ask the victim to send a money order to the company to refund the over-payment. The money order gets cashed, even though no over-payment actually happened.
“These scammers can be very persuasive and believable, so we want the public to be aware that this is a scam, and downloading software to allow someone to remotely access your computer carries inherent risks,” said Sunshine Coast Cst Harrison Mohr. “Unfortunately, it is often the elderly that are targeted by these scams, so we ask that people talk with their parents, grandparents and neighbours, to help them avoid being victimized.”
RCMP say it’s very tricky to track these kinds of scams, and any cases should be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. If you have been victimized by this scam, report it by calling Sunshine Coast RCMP at (604) 885-2266.
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