The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) Economic Crime Unit is warning the public about a scam where offenders are posing as representatives of Microsoft or an affiliate and making phone calls to advise people of problems with their computers.
The offender advises the victim that they will fix the problem once provided with a credit card number and will attempt to gain remote access to the computer in question. When victims provide these offenders with remote access, they unknowingly give them access to everything on their computer. This can lead to identity theft, email takeovers and more.
The RNC Economic Crime Unit urges the general public to refrain from providing personal information to people they don’t know online or over the phone and to verify the authenticity of the person by requesting information and then contacting the organization directly.
The RNC further advises not to provide your credit card number over the phone or allow anyone remote access to your computer.