Jul 31, 2012 / 12:02 pm
Kelowna RCMP are issuing a warning to the public after seeing a resurgence in service scams and money transfer requests.
Cst. Kris Clark says the two most recently reported service scams in Kelowna are the 'anti-virus software scam' and 'credit card interest rate reduction scam.'
Clark says the 'anti-virus software scammer promises to repair your computer over the Internet which often involves installation of software or permission to have remote access to your computer.
Payment for the software or repair is typically made by credit card. Often times, you pay for a program that actually does nothing, or is malicious in nature. Allowing remote access to your computer, or downloading unknown software may compromise your personal information such as user names and passwords, bank account information, identity information, etc.
Clark says those behind the 'credit card interest rate reduction scam' prey on people's desire for a better deal.
They often impersonate financial institutions and claim to negotiate with credit card companies to lower your interest rates. They guarantee they can save you thousands of dollars in interest. The caller will tell you that the lower interest rates are for a limited time only and that you need to act now, but in reality, your interest rates won't change and you will be out the cash you paid for the phoney service.
Money transfer requests are mostly dominated by variations of the Nigerian scam which has been around for nearly 20 years.
In the most recently reported form, the target receives a letter with a cheque enclosed and instructions. The cheque is to be deposited in the target account and part of it to be wired by a specified service to one or more people. The cheque is usually a fake and leaves you paying the bill.
Despite the vast number of frauds and scams, Clark says they really have the same purpose, to make you part with your money and/or personal information.
For information on scams and how to protect yourself, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at www.antifraudcentre.ca.
Read more Kelowna News
City of Kelowna
Kelowna Discussion Forum
Kelowna's Cultural District
Kelowna Road Closures
William R. Bennett Bridge
Central Okanagan Regional District
District of Peachland
District of Lake Country
School District 23
- The Week in Review May 19
- Rutland May Days' information May 18
- Knox Mtn. Hill Climb crash May 18
- Gas prices spike ahead of long weekend May 18
- More eyes in the sky May 18
- Body recovered from Ok Lake May 17
- City Hall to ask elected MLAs for cash May 17
- Cyclist hit on Baron Rd. May 16
- Collision causes gas spill May 16
- Cross-dressing groper on the loose May 16