In a recent report from CBC News, The OPP are warning of a telephone fraud scam that is rapidly moving through Canada. Originally reported in the UK and Australia, there have been recent… reports in BC and Ontario. The calls appear to be originating from India.
“Microsoft does not make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer cybercriminals call you and claim to be from Microsoft Tech Support. They offer to help solve your computer problems. Once the crooks have gained your trust, they attempt to steal from you and damage your computer with malicious software including viruses and spyware.
In this scam
Although law enforcement can trace phone numbers, perpetrators often use pay phones, disposable cellular phones, or stolen cellular phone numbers. It’s better to avoid being conned rather than try to repair the damage afterwards.Treat all unsolicited phone calls with skepticism. Do not provide any personal information.
Go to Microsofts website to confirm your suspicions.”
If you receive an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft Tech Support, hang up. We do not make these kinds of calls.
If you think you might be a victim of fraud, you can report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. For more information, follow the steps provided by Microsoft: Follow these steps if you think you have been a victim of a scam.