Suspicious phone calls on rise in White Rock

Residents are once again being warned about a possible computer-related phone scam, after a White Rock man said he received more than a dozen suspicious calls in one week.

In April of this year – and again in July – several Peninsula residents spoke with Peace Arch News about suspicious phone calls they had received from people claiming to be Microsoft technicians. The callers would try to convince residents to download anti-virus software after claiming their computer had been infected.

White Rock computer technician David Anderson said that in recent weeks, he has received dozens of such phone calls – as many as six in one day – and he believes the calls are being targeted to the community because of the high population of seniors.

He described the callers as “extraordinarily persistent” and advises anyone who receives such a call to disregard it.

“Don’t entertain them,” Anderson said.

“Hang up, or put them on hold for as long as you can – that seems to work.”