RCMP issue warning about phone, computer scam

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The RCMP is warning the public about a scam that originates with a phone call, but can lead to illegal access to home computers and banking information.


RCMP in Placentia received a fraud complaint Friday, in which police say the complainant’s computer was hacked into and didn’t work properly.

Shortly after, according to the RCMP, a person called the home, pretending to be a representative of Microsoft and took control of the computer remotely. The person then gained access to the owners PayPal accounts and asked for their banking information. The complainant caught onto the scam in time to prevent the suspect from obtaining funds from the PayPal account.

The RCMP said the culprits were successful in obtaining a sum of money from the complainant’s VISA account.

The Placentia RCMP is advising the public not to have any dealings with unknown persons with regards to their personal computer equipment. Such scams can be reported to the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca



Organizations: RCMP, PayPal, Microsoft VISA Canadian Anti Fraud Centre

Geographic location: Placentia

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  • james readman
    January 29, 2014 - 20:10

    hi,have got so many calls about my comutor,i know the companys dont phone you,the latestes is a washington number i think might be traceable and shut them down 425-668-9652 i have caller revel, good luck i dont fall for them,but someone might

  • Bob Cobb
    December 24, 2013 - 02:32

    Lol, the person deserves to lose money to this scam if they actually fall for it.. What an embarrassment .

  • Red Taylor
    December 23, 2013 - 13:53

    Put your three year old on the phone with them and they are not long hanging up.....lol

    • Trudy
      December 24, 2013 - 00:10

      Yeah and tell your kid it's Santa that should do the trick lol

  • Red Taylor
    December 23, 2013 - 13:52

    Put your three year old on the phone with them and they are not long hanging up.....lol

  • Robb
    December 23, 2013 - 13:47

    I mean what more can the authorities do to protect people. And why can't people understand that if it sounds to good to be true, it ALWAYS is. And how many times can you say to the public not to give out any banking, or other personal information over the phone....??...

  • BM
    December 23, 2013 - 13:03

    Here's a better solution. Get call display; if you don't know the number, DON'T ANSWER IT! Very easy solution but nobody wants to use it.

    • M Bob
      December 24, 2013 - 09:59

      It's not hard for someone to spoof their phone number

  • Mary
    December 23, 2013 - 11:34

    I've received this phonecall too many times to count. At first I used to get angry at them and argue with them, now I tell them ."sure, just let me get my computer." I put them on hold until they give in and hang up. Apparently the RCMP knows about this but is unable to do anything to stop it.