By MorinvilleNews.com Staff
Morinville – after receiving several recent complaints, RCMP are cautioning the public to be wary of a phone scam circulating in the Morinville area.
The scam, seen across the country, involves someone phoning and claiming to be from Microsoft or another well-known software company. In the scam, the caller tells the listener their computer is running slowly or that they have a virus. The caller then offers to repair the computer over the Internet by installing anti-virus software of asking the customer to give the caller remote access to their computer. They are asked to pay for the service by credit card.
RCMP are saying the best way to combat the crime is through public education. They remind people not to give out any personal information over the phone and to report suspicious calls to local police. Complaints can also be registered with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at 1-888-495-8501, or www.antifraudcentre.ca