Alert senior warns about scammers

By Glenn Hicks
December 8, 2018 - 2:00pm

A Prince Albert senior is warning others that scammers are preying on the vulnerability, psyche and politeness of certain people.

A relatively new text scam is making the rounds again in and around the city, with a message that falsely draws in SaskTel customers.

The scam text, which purports to be from the company, tells customers they’ve been over-billed and all you need to do is click a button to claim the money back. But it's actually a phishing scam, designed to prompt unsuspecting users to give over important information like ID and banking details.

“So many older people feel they have to do what they’re told by someone who is in some way an authority over them,” Connie Sampson told paNOW. “It’s so easy for those of us who are older to react to these things and we have to reply because it’s the polite thing to do.”

Police in Saskatoon warned of the SaskTel scam over the summer and it now appears to be hitting Prince Albert. When the initial alert was raised, police reminded people not to click on any links from an unverified source. Instead, they should delete the message and contact the service provider.

Sampson gave the same advice, and noted she had also been targeted by online scammers too with a big red warning about spyware and the now well-known but bogus Microsoft fix offer over the phone.

“Don’t reply to these people and if you have something come up on your computer just switch it off,” Sampson said, adding that anyone in any doubt should be calling SaskTel direct and any other company that is purporting to offer a service. That's exactly what she did when she was sent the new scam message.

“Report anything suspicious to the police, that’s what I do, “Sampson said.

 

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