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Computer scams are on the rise in Nova Scotia, RCMP say

June 15, 2021 – Some computer repair shops in Nova Scotia have been seeing a rise in online scams since the COVID-19 pandemic began and the RCMP is warning the public to be on alert.

Nova Scotia RCMP said Monday there’s been an increase in all cybercrime during the pandemic, but especially remote-access scams. Remote-access scams occur when an individual receives a phone call or an email from someone pretending to be a tech support employee of a large computer or cybersecurity company, like Microsoft or Norton 360. 

The victim is often told that they must download software to “fix an issue” on their computer. If the software is downloaded, the scammer is given full access to the computer, which allows them to install malware, make purchases and steal private information, including passwords and banking information. CBC News reports. | READ MORE