POLICE REPORT – RCMP warn against giving personal info over phone

Grand Forks RCMP is warning people to be wary of phone and email scams. The warning comes after a resident reported that someone wanting personal information had called them. “A person called up in regard to an unsolicited call offering to fix their computer,” Staff Sgt. Jim Harrison said.

Grand Forks RCMP is warning people to be wary of phone and email scams.

The warning comes after a resident reported that someone wanting personal information had called them.

“A person called up in regard to an unsolicited call offering to fix their computer,” Staff Sgt. Jim Harrison said.

“The person was wise enough to know that you don’t give out that kind of personal information.”

Harrison said that police want to warn the public that these types of scams are going on.

“Unsolicited calls, referring to your computer or asking for personal information, which includes email addresses or access to your computer, is not recommended at all,” he said.

“We suggest that that’s probably a route to a scam that will see your computer compromised.”

This, Harrison said, could allow access to other personal information such as credit or bankcard information.

“Your alarm bells should be going off as soon as somebody wants personal information about your computer or yourself, or anything in that nature,” he said.

Harrison added that the local RCMP doesn’t receive many reports of this type of activity.