'That won't ever happen to me!' is exactly what David Betts from Black Diamond used to think about cyber scammers and hackers.

Betts says he was working on his computer earlier this week, when a big flashing pop-up, told him his computer was in trouble.

"All of a sudden this big pop up came up on the monitor, there was a women talking, she said that I was under attack, that my bank accounts and emails were being targeted and withdrawn."

The pop up on the screen appeared to be from Microsoft, a well known computer programming company, telling Betts that if he wanted to protect his computer to call a '1-800' number on the screen.

Betts who was panicked picked up his phone and called the number which put him through to what he was told was an affiliate company called Computer Goods Web Services.

Unfortunately he gave them some personal information before he saw any red flags.

What eventually tipped Betts off, was a very abnormal statement made by the scammer.

" A couple of things he stressed three of four times are what made me suspicious, he kept saying not to let any other technician from Norton, McAfee, or anyone else touch the computer."

Thankfully, Betts's bank called him when they noticed the abnormal transactions and withdrawals from his accounts, which saved him from losing hundreds of dollars.

Betts has a warning though, for the rest of his community.

"Just don't ever give out your personal information online or anywhere." Betts shares  "I should have known that, but they had me in a panic and thinking I was talking to Microsoft, a legitimate company."

Being cyber-aware Betts says he did have an Antivirus on his computer, it was up to date but it never reacted to this threat.

He also reported this incident to the RCMP's Cyber Crimes unit.

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