RNC investigating possible phone scam

Cory Hurley
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CORNER BROOK  The Corner Brook detachment of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is attempting to investigate a telephone scam whereby a person was allegedly defrauded of credit card charges.

Police received the complaint Tuesday that an unknown company contacted a person offering to fix their computer for a certain price. The local person was subsequently charged more than that amount. Police are investigating it as a possible scam.

Other people in the area have received this type of telephone call.

Const. Scott Mosher said the investigation has not yet started because the complainant has not been available to discuss it with them. The officer said people should not give their personal information to unsolicited callers.

“The RNC would like to remind the public if you receive unsolicited mail, phone calls, emails or pop-up messages that asks for personal information of any kind, not to respond and to delete or discard it immediately,” he said. “If you are conducting any type of business online or over the phone, make sure you know who you are dealing with.”

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  • lorie
    December 06, 2013 - 09:20

    Got that call about the need to fix my computer last week. Caller claimed he was from Microsoft and they monitored a virus in my computer. Although I didn't know about this scam before, I almost laughed at the bluff. Had he known I got a Mac, he would have tried to rephrase his scam script. Lol! I reported the phone number to Callercenter.com to raise a warning.

  • rworried
    December 05, 2013 - 21:05

    They phoned me as well, I informed them that I didn't have Internet and they hung up. I do have Internet but they didn't know that. They phone my sister constantly , they must think we're a soft touch. I would never give my credit card details to someone I don't know, some people are just too trusting, there are a lot of bad people out there, beware!

  • SayWhat
    December 05, 2013 - 10:10

    I don't know about the Western Star or the RNC, but I can tell you a lot more about this scam because they tried to hit me. According to my very reliable source, some police agencies that battle cyber crime are aware of this issue. They have been targeting Newfoundland and Nova Scotia for some weeks now. They have been hitting Newfoundland since the new phone books came out. How I know this, a friend of my decided to have a listed number this year and no sooner than the books were out, the phone call came and they addressed this person by name. For those that are not aware, they claim to be representatives of Microsoft from London, England. They will tell you there is something wrong with your computer like a web server. When you ask which server, they'll say google. Funny thing I was on google when they called me. They hung up immediately.