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O.P.P. warn of "Anti-virus Scam" circulating in the region
Recently officers from the Thunder Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police have been advised of an anti-virus computer scam that occurred to a resident in the Municipality of Shuniah.
According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, the fraud referred to as the “Anti-Virus Scam” has grown to epidemic proportions, and accounts for 70 to 80 % of the frauds that are reported daily.
A typical scenario consists of a caller, often claiming to work for a software company, asks or advises you about your computer not working as it should. The caller then offers to repair your computer via internet access, which can involve either software installation or gaining remote control of your computer after you have granted them access. Payment for the software or repair service is via your credit card. The charge can range anywhere from $35 to $470 per call.
The consumer should be aware that not all virus scams are conducted over the phone. Many callers report being scammed after responding to internet pop up ads for anti-virus software.
OPP want to warn the public not to allow access by unknown persons requesting access to computers and not to provide personal information, including credit card and banking information.
For more information on scams and to report scams, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at www.canadianantifraudercenter.ca.