Canada
Computer scam uses RCMP threat as bait

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PATRICK CALLAN | QMI AGENCY

GRAND PRAIRIE, Alta. -- Mounties are warning the public of a computer scam that sends out messages claiming to be from the RCMP and saying you must pay $100 for making illegal downloads – including pornography.

Police said the scam tells people to pay up within 72 hours or they will be violating a section of the Criminal Code.

Police want to inform the public of the scam in case they fall for it, since it claims to be from police, said Ellen Archibald, acting media relations officer for the Grande Prairie RCMP.

“We wanted to clarify that this is a scam,” she said. “Don’t follow any of the instructions.”
Archibald said police have received several complaints, but no one has reported making a payments.

If you have been a victim or have any information, call the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment at 780-830-5700.

Police also want to remind people about PhoneBusters, the Canadian anti-fraud call centre, which provides up-to-date information about scams.

For more information visit www.phonebusters.com or call 1-888-495-8501.

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