South Simcoe Police Service received yet another report of an internet fraud this past week.
An Innisfil resident received a phone call which they were told was from the internet security company. Through conversation the caller convinced the victim to allow remote access to the computer. As part of the scam, the suspect stated he would deposit refund money into the account and got the victim to open their banking information. After convincing the victim that too much money was deposited into the account, the caller got the victim to purchase $3000 worth of iTunes cards and call back with the authentication numbers. The victim complied.
The victim went to the bank the next day where they confirmed this was fraud.
If at any time you are suspicious of online activity such as that described above, hang up on the caller. If you have allowed access and change your mind, turn off your computer and/or unplug your internet connection.
At no time should you send any form of payment using iTunes cards, regardless of how persistent the person is.
Photo Credit: South Simcoe Police