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Online, phone fraud warning from the OPP

Thursday, January 24, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

OPP NEWS RELEASE

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OPP warn public of frauds both online and over the telephone

WAWA - Recently the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Superior East Detachments have had several online and telephone frauds reported. 

In one instance, a victim was telephoned and advised that it was Google calling. 

This is called the Anti-Virus scam, the victim was told his computer needed to be fixed immediately or the police would be attending their home. 

The caller requested access to the victim’s computer and a credit card number to pay for the “fees” to fix the computer.

The second complaint is a common one; the victim meets someone online through dating websites. 

There is communication back and forth and eventually the other person requires help financially. 

Whether this is sending money to someone or cashing a cheque for someone and sending a portion of the funds back to them. 

Eventually the cheque is found to be fraudulent and the victim will be required to repay the bank any funds that were supplied by the bank in relation to that cheque.

The OPP would like to remind the public that these and many more frauds exist. 

Victims are pressured to provide personal information, banking information, remote access to their computers or to make instant decisions about investments or purchases.

This allows the scammers to commit identity theft, access bank accounts/ investments, or fraudulently use credit cards. 

The most common or latest frauds can be found on the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s website

You can also check the helpful crime prevention tip sheets at www.opp.ca.

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tqd9999 1/24/2013 3:26:50 PM Report

I was called by some guy saying that he was from Microsoft and that my computer was sending them reports that it had very serious problems that needed to be fixed. They told me to open the Event Viewer and look at all the Errors and Warnings on the list (Which is normal). They told me to go to a site to fix it for a fee, but I just told them I didn't have internet and he totally didn't know how to respond that he was stuttering when asking me how I could not have internet and then just hung up ... LOL!!
bounder 1/24/2013 3:29:35 PM Report

Or you're at a hotel and the front desk calls you ,(supposedly the front desk) and says their computer crashed,could you give all your info over again.Tell them you will be right down.
SPOCK-62 1/24/2013 6:35:33 PM Report

I actually got the guys name once and a phone number. I called it into the cops and got re-routed until they gave me a web address. I sent a brief note and have heard nothing. And it still seems to be happening. I played along with the guy and pretended to be very interested in having my P.C. fixed. I gave an excuse, that he believed, as to why I needed to call him back. I do half their leg work for them [cops] and still not even a headline on sootoday. Guess I'll stick to my day job!!
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