January 24, 2012
The Port Moody Police Department would like to warn residents to be aware of a telephone based computer scam commonly referred to the “ammyy scam”. The scam is believed to be based out of India and is designed to remotely access the information on your computer, extort
The Ammyy scam is quite simple; someone claiming to be “remote support care” from a reputable computer company such as Microsoft or Windows XP will contact you at home and tell you that there is a problem with your computer (usually a virus of some sort).
The scammers may gain your trust by providing you with easily discoverable information about yourself such as your name, address or phone number.
The scammer will also state that you need to pay the company for the removal of the “viruses” on your computer and ask for your credit card information.
How to protect yourself: Anyone can call your number claiming to be someone else. Companies like Microsoft do not call their customers to report viruses, nor does your internet service provider. Never install, run or allow remote access to a person / company without being 100% certain of who they are.
Port Moody Police Department - 3051 St. Johns Street, Port Moody, B.C. V3H 2C4
Emergency Dial 9-1-1 | Telephone 604-461-3456