Phone scam targets Elk Valley residents’ home computers

The Elk Valley RCMP has issued a warning to local residents to be wary of a telephone scam that is circulating.

  • Aug. 21, 2011 3:00 p.m.

The Elk Valley RCMP has issued a warning to local residents to be wary of a telephone scam that is circulating.

Fraudsters are calling residents pretending to be employees of “Windows Service Centre” or “McAffee” firewall service provider, and advising them there is a computer problem reflecting on their records.

Call display shows the suspects may be calling from Florida or California.

The caller then asks residents to perform certain key functions over the phone that then allows them full access to their personal home computer.

Windows and McAffee Customer Service Centres have confirmed they are not conducting inquiries of this nature. Elk Valley RCMP reminded residents not to divulge any personal or credit card information over the phone if they receive a call like these or any other that seems suspicious.

Any suspicious phone calls should also be reported to Phonebusters at 1-888-495-8501.

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