EDMONTON - Police in Winnipeg are warning people to be wary of telephone scammers pretending to be computer fixers.
Police say a victim told them about being contacted by a someone who claimed to be from a firm named "P.C. Doctor."
The caller updated the victim's computer security system in return for a credit card number and a charge.
The scammer wasn't finished there, later calling back to say the computer security package didn't work and that a refund was in order.
The victim then filled out a refund form with personal information and a credit card number, and was then hit with more fraudulent charges.
Be wary of opportunities that convey "fear that a failure to act would be very costly," said the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. <em>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rockmixer/2916540731/" target="_hplink">rockmixer</a>.</em>
Large Fees Upfront
Proceed with caution if you are asked to submit large sums of money upfront in exchange for a promise of a payout in the future. <em>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dborman2/3258378233/" target="_hplink">borman818</a>.</em>
Scammers may try to attract potential investors with freebies -- don't let a free meal cloud your vision. Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenny-pics/6156504454/" target="_hplink">Jenny Downing</a>.
Watch out for investments that promise guaranteed or high returns that are risk free. <em>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/59937401@N07/5857256935/" target="_hplink">Images_of_Money</a>.</em>
Be concerned if you are not permitted to research a potential investment or to ask any questions about it. <em>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/27384147@N02/5073536991/" target="_hplink">Ano Lobb</a>.</em>
Be cautious if you are expected to respond immediately to an opportunity.
Be careful if you are faced with an opportunity from the Internet, an unidentifiable origin or an international source.
If the investment is so complex that it leaves you confused, proceed cautiously.
Too Good To Be True
If it looks too good to be true, it may be a scam.
If you're asked not to tell friends or family members about the investment, you should consider whether it is wise to move forward.