City police again remind residents to be wary of unsolicited “computer repair” scams after a resident reported an attempted fraud that took place on Thursday.
The resident received an unsolicited telephone call from someone claiming to be an employee of Microsoft. During the fraud attempt, the resident unplugged the computer and prevented a fraud from taking place, police said.
These types of scams occur when a random person is contacted by telephone and told that his or her computer is experiencing technical difficulties. The fraudster claims to be a representative from Microsoft or a contractor hired by Microsoft to provide technical support. The fraudster will request people to turn on their computers and then trick them into installing malicious software or direct them to fraudulent websites in order to steal personal data.
This is how sensitive data such as online banking information is stolen and identity theft occurs.
Here are some tips to protect yourself from being a victim of fraud:
— Never give out personal information or credit card information to an unknown source over the telephone and/or unsecured email.
— You can stop a telephone scam by hanging up.
— When contacted about your personal accounts, never click on a web link attached to the email to verify or confirm.
— Confirm with family members or your bank before transferring any funds.
— Never agree to give cash to anyone unknown to you in exchange for a cheque written to you by that individual.
— Educate yourself by visiting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s website at www.antifraudcentre.ca.
If you have already sent funds or personal information, contact the police and your financial institution immediately. If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, and reside in Brantford, call the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050.
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