Prince Albert woman defrauded $17K after computer scam

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Prince Albert police are warning the public about a recent computer scam after a local woman was defrauded $17,000 in personal funds.

According to a news release, the woman said she was contacted by someone she thought was from her local bank. The caller said they found two suspicious transactions in her bank records, asking if she could help them catch the person responsible.

The woman gave the scammers access to her computer through an online software viewing program.

She agreed to a request to transfer $15,000, as well as to purchase several Google Play cards and gave the scammer the validation codes.

Police are now warning the public not to send money or gift cards to someone unknown without first confirming the validity of the transaction.

If you suspect your bank accounts, credits cards or other identification may be comprised, hang up and contact your local bank or the police.

For more information on how to protect yourself from scams, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website or call 1-888-495-8501.

If you suspect you’re a victim of a fraud, contact Prince Albert police at 306-953-4222 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.