Scammers impersonating tech support scam B.C. woman out of $7,000

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The victim did not realize that the phone number was on a fake website designed to mimic the legitimate company’s website.

A woman in the Kootenays is out nearly $7,000 thanks to a bogus tech support scam.

RCMP said in a news release they were called on Jan. 20 by a 47-year-old Trail, B.C. woman about a “sophisticated telephone fraud.”

Police say the woman was dealing with technical difficulty accessing her online account and used an internet search to look up a phone number. She did not realize that the phone number was on a fake website designed to mimic the legitimate company’s website.

The imposter directed the woman to download two two software applications before arranging a video call with her. The scammers convinced the woman to send them two electronic money transfers, electronic gift cards and digital currency worth nearly $7,000.

RCMP say the funds are “not recoverable” and advised the woman to…

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