Computer user warns of scam

A White Rock man is warning others about a strange phone call he received last week, which he believes was from a scam artist trying to gain access to his computer.

A White Rock man is warning others about a strange phone call he received last week, which he believes was from a scam artist trying to gain access to his computer.

Kirk Bridger said he received a call last week from a man who identified himself as a Microsoft-certified engineer calling from an independent company.

The man told Bridger Wednesday that his company had been receiving messages from Bridger’s computer for the last five weeks indicating it was infected with a virus, and proceeded to walk him through a diagnostic check.

After following several prompts, Bridger was told the presence of yellow or red icons meant his computer had a virus; however, Bridger – who described himself as “somewhat capable in the technical arena” – knew that even an uninfected computer would display red or yellow icons.

Bridger said when he began to dispute what the caller was saying, the man emphasized his certification and insisted Bridger had an “insidious” problem on his hands.

“Once he realized I was technically minded, he started to appeal to that,” Bridger told Peace Arch News. “I figured he’d hang up on me, but he didn’t. He continued to push.”

Though the conversation ended shortly after, Bridger suspects the caller was trying to scare him into downloading a virus-removal application, which he believes would have turned out to be a “trojan” or other “malware” – allowing the caller to have access to and control over his computer.

Bridger – who has also reported the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and the B.C. Consumer Protection Agency – said he was worried someone who is less familiar with computer systems and jargon might believe the caller and risk their computer’s security.

For more information on avoiding a potential scam, visit


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Former worker at Surrey brewery claims he was bullied on the job

Human rights complaint to be heard against Surrey’s Central City Brewers and Distillers Ltd.

Families with dispute-resolution issues to get help in Surrey

Model was first introduced in Victoria in 2019

$2M for Surrey-made brain-health device will help open door to U.S. market

Financing from BDC strengthens HealthTech Connex’s ability ‘to positively impact a billion brains’

‘Magic Wheelchair’ book tells story of thrilled author’s Surrey-area granddaughters

Marlene Bryenton’s storybook explores how kids in wheelchairs are excluded because they are different

COVID-19 exposures at Surrey schools: An updated list

Fraser Health has created a new webpage listing COVID-19 cases in schools

Quirky Canadian comedy ‘Schitt’s Creek’ takes Emmys by storm with comedy sweep

Toronto-raised Daniel Levy and Ottawa-born Annie Murphy both got supporting actor nods

B.C.’s Chase Claypool catches first NFL touchdown pass

Abbotsford grad establishes new record for longest scrimmage TD by a Canadian

B.C. has highest number of active COVID-19 cases per capita, federal data shows

B.C. currently has 1,803 active cases after weeks of COVID-19 spikes in the province

181 days gone: Family continues to look for man last seen in RCMP custody 6 months ago

Brandon Sakebow’s last known location was leaving Mission RCMP cell, police say; family has doubts

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Mission poker player missing in Nevada is found alive and safe

Brad Booth went missing in July 13, found in mid September

B.C. unveils new cannabis sales programs to help small, Indigenous growers

Government did not say how it will define small producers, but says nurseries will be included in the policy

B.C. transportation minister will not seek re-election

Claire Trevena has held the position since 2017

Most Read