Michael MacMaster got a call that had him suspicious from the start Monday morning.
A person said he was phoning from Microsoft to help him with a problem with his computer.
Although he knew right away that it was unlikely that Microsoft would call him about a problem with his computer, he decided to play along for a bit.
The man on the other end told him to click on the Windows logo and select to run dialogue. He was told to enter “eventvwr.”
Instead MacMaster entered the code in Google and it came up as associated with a common scam. He then asked the caller to give him the number. The man responded that he was calling from Ontario but that the company headquarters were in the U.S. He gave a phone number which again MacMaster googled and found was associated with a scam.
That’s where MacMaster ended the call. He phoned police about the matter though and hopes that something can be done to stop these people from trying to trick others.
“Microsoft isn’t going to call any one of us,” he said. “A lot of people aren’t aware of those things.”
He said he wonders if those callers might target a specific area code.
Reporting Scams and Frauds
The following information is provided by the RCMP.
• If you have not lost any money and have not provided personal or financial information (relating to a fraud or scam), and you simply want to inform the appropriate organizations, report it to the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre by calling 1-888-495-8501.
• If you received a fraudulent e-mail soliciting personal or financial information (phishing scam), you should also advise the financial institution or other agency whose name was used.
• If you are a victim of fraud and it is not related to identity fraud, contact the police service of jurisdiction in your area.