Scam

A resident was scammed out of over $30,000 after responding to a Microsoft virus pop up and allowing remote access to their computer on March 28.
During this time period the Oceanside RCMP received 190 complaints, including $6,000 in damages to seven windows of a Parksville school.
During this time period the Oceanside RCMP received 224 complaints, including break and enter incidents reported in Deep Bay, Errington, Parksville and Qualicum Beach.
During this time period the Oceanside RCMP received 214 complaints, including illegal log harvesting reported on private land.
During this time period the Oceanside RCMP received 213 complaints, including two excavators reported vandalized in Whiskey Creek.
Nanaimo RCMP wants to warn residents and businesses about three scams that have popped up in the new year.
During this time period the Oceanside RCMP received 202 complaints, including a suspicious dumpster fire in Parksville.
One resident initially received a call by someone pretending to be a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) agent and was told their social insurance number was compromised and being used in money laundering through real estate transactions.
During this time period the Oceanside RCMP received 234 complaints, including a resident scammed out of thousands of dollars by someone claiming to represent a major Canadian bank.
RCMP is warning the public about online fraud after several Nanaimo residents fell victim to social media-related scams.

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