Police in New Brunswick warn residents of scammers seeking banking information

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ST. GEORGE, N.B. - Police in New Brunswick are warning people about a telephone scam involving callers who say they're with Microsoft or Windows.

Police say they have received complaints from residents of St. George, Blacks Harbour and the surrounding area.

They say callers may tell residents their computer has a virus and needs to be updated.

They ask for remote access to the computer and request payment by asking for banking or credit card information.

This could also lead to access to personal information on the computer and viruses being added to the computer.

Sgt. Ross Davis says people should never provide personal or financial information over the phone or through email.

Organizations: Microsoft

Geographic location: New Brunswick

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  • J Jones
    March 20, 2014 - 10:02

    I have been getting these calls in Sydney for the past couple of years. I just tell them that I don't have a computer. They stammer and ask another question. I keep repeating "I don't have a computer" . I figure if they drive me crazy with questions, I will drive them crazy with "I don't have a computer". Finally, they get frustrated with me and hang up. I have warned everyone in my family NOT to answer any questions and just tell them "I don't have a computer". This works each time, however, it is frustrating that they keep calling. Hopefully, the police will track them down and make them stop. However, I understand that most of these people are from out of the country and Canadians can't do anything about it. A suggestion - keep saying "I don't have a computer"

    • Stu Peters
      March 20, 2014 - 16:20

      "Hopefully, the police will track them down and make them stop. " Ha Ha. Just keep a decent whistle by the phone and when you get an unwanted caller just blow it hard into the phone and with any luck you will do some damage to the caller's ear drum.

  • J Jones
    March 20, 2014 - 10:00

    I have been getting these calls in Sydney for the past couple of years. I just tell them that I don't have a computer. They stammer and ask another question. I keep repeating "I don't have a computer" . I figure if they drive me crazy with questions, I will drive them crazy with "I don't have a computer". Finally, they get frustrated with me and hang up. I have warned everyone in my family NOT to answer any questions and just tell them "I don't have a computer". This works each time, however, it is frustrating that they keep calling. Hopefully, the police will track them down and make them stop. However, I understand that most of these people are from out of the country and Canadians can't do anything about it. A suggestion - keep saying "I don't have a computer"

  • John Whalen
    March 20, 2014 - 06:16

    Just a little note of warning in regards, this has as well been going on here in the Sydney area. I had received a call as such only last month telling me the same thing and again last year. Now when they call, since they know that I have a virus, I ask them what windows operating system am I running, when they announce, I say sorry I am running a Mac OS, before you know it, they hang up. Be careful all.

    • ivan arsenault
      March 20, 2014 - 08:58

      I got caught in the same scam.They took me for 114.00 dollars and 2 weeks after my computer crashed.Had to get a new one.And this is from Sumerside PEI.