Scammers rip off Terrace, BC woman for thousands of dollars
A Terrace woman has lost thousands of dollars to an online fraudster in the latest "Fix Your Computer Remotely" scam.
A 45 year old woman received a phone call from a man stating that her computer was broken and that he could fix it remotely.
The woman gave the man access to her computer so that he could fix it. He then asked for a payment of $19. The woman could not provide a credit card number so the man walked her through the process of setting up an on line banking account.
This man then asked the woman to shut off her computer so that he could complete the process of fixing her computer.
Three days later the man called again saying that he had to fix her computer again. He asked that the monitor be shut off for him to fix the computer.
He called once again in three days, but this time the woman left the monitor on and watched the man complete an email money transfer from her account. In all, the man made six withdrawals from the account totaling thousands of dollars.
"Do not ever provide information to a person that contacts you via the internet or phone. Ever. If you find yourselves believing the story being given to you get details and contact info then hang up and search them on line," says Constable Angela Rabut of the Terrace RCMP.
"The latest scams are listed at www.phonebusters.com. The internet is a wonderful tool to access endless information. However, there are some individuals who use the internet as a tool to cause harm and to commit criminal acts. It is important for internet/computer users to protect themselves by learning the possible dangers. If you receive an email or phone call that sound suspicious contact PhoneBusters at 1-888-495-8401."
The Terrace RCMP has an initiative right now targeting internet safety. If your community group or class would like to have a presentation on internet safety contact Cst Angela Rabut at (250)638-7400.