Po­lice say com­puter anti-virus scam cost two vic­tims $32K

Waterloo Region Record - - CANADA -

Po­lice are warn­ing about a com­puter scam af­ter two Durham Re­gion res­i­dents lost more than $32,000. Durham Re­gional Po­lice say both scams fol­lowed the same tem­plate: the scam­mer calls a vic­tim to sell them soft­ware pro­tec­tion for their com­put­ers, of­fer­ing sev­eral anti-virus op­tions to pur­chase. They say the scam­mer will then call back a few months later say­ing there was an is­sue with the soft­ware, and that the pur­chase price will be re­turned to the vic­tim’s bank ac­count. But the vic­tim is then told that the com­pany over­paid them and the scam­mers re­quest the vic­tims wire back the dif­fer­ence. In­ves­ti­ga­tors say the money that was de­posited in the vic­tim’s ac­count was se­cretly taken from the vic­tim’s credit card or line of credit.

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