Police warn of phone scam

Police are warning Yukoners about a scam involving people claiming to work for a computer repair service in an attempt to get personal information.

Police are warning Yukoners about a scam involving people claiming to work for a computer repair service in an attempt to get personal information.

Yukon RCMP say the fraudster on the phone will claim they have found errors on a person’s computer.

“The caller attempts to obtain personal information or attempts to convince the recipient to purchase programs that will repair the errors,” police said in a statement.

Police offer these guidelines to help avoid falling victim to such scams:

* Always get independent advice if an offer involves money, personal information, time or commitment.

* There are no guaranteed get-rich-quick schemes – sometimes the only people who make money are the scammers.

* Do not hand over money or personal information, or sign anything until you have done your homework and checked the credentials of the company that you are dealing with.

* Never send money, or give credit card or online account details, to anyone you do not know or trust.

If you have received calls or messages that you think might be a scam, you can call the local RCMP or contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or by calling 1-888-495-8501.

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