Norfolk County OPP are reminding the public not to grant access to their computers to anyone they haven’t contacted first after an area resident lost close to $140,000 in what is known as the “virus scam.”
Police say the resident received a pop-up alert on his computer on Jan. 31, 2017, saying there were issues with his computer’s antivirus software.
The resident clicked on the message, followed prompts he received and signed a form indicating repairs on the computer had been completed, police said.
The man also exchanged several other emails with the scammers between January 2017 and March 2019, granting further access to the computer, police said.
It wasn’t until the resident reviewed his statements that he realized his line of credit had been accessed, police said, with scammers stealing close to $140,000 from the victim’s account by the time the fraud had been discovered.
This is the second reported case in the last few days In Norfolk County of a person falling victim to the virus scam, police said. Another resident lost thousands of dollars after granting access to their computer to a caller who said their device had a virus.
In that case, the scammer stole the resident’s financial accounts and passwords and convinced them to buy close to $7,000 in Google Play cards, police said.