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Police are reminding St. Albertans to be wary of any phone calls they receive regarding a virus threat to their computer.

On July 22, a 56-year-old man from St. Albert reported that he had been a victim of a computer scam. The man received a call from a person identifying himself as a Microsoft employee. The fraudster stated that the man’s computer was running slow because it had viruses and needed to be fixed immediately.

The fraudster requested a payment of $350US to fix the problem. The St. Albert man paid the money by credit card and has since found out that he was scammed.

This "Anti-Virus" or Microsoft Scam is not new, but the scam artists are very convincing when they talk about the threat to your computer, say RCMP. It is important to know that Microsoft does not call computer owners to report virus attacks on computers. Computer owners also need to know that allowing a third party to download software or to remotely access your computer carries inherent risks. They can install malicious software onto your computer and even capture sensitive information from your computer such as your on-line banking information and passwords.

To learn more about this and other scams, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

Two Edmonton men have been arrested following a break-in at a Sturgeon County property on Saturday.

Around 10 a.m. on July 26, Morinville RCMP were called to a robbery in progress involving firearms at a rural property in Sturgeon County near Morinville.

Upon further investigation it was revealed no firearms were involved, but there was a break and enter and theft in progress.

Two men from Edmonton, Robert Earl Mendoza and Brent Robert Broere were arrested.

They were both charged with break and enter and theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property not exceeding $5,000, mischief not exceeding $5,000 and possession of break-in instruments.

Broere is also charged with driving while disqualified.

Both men are currently in custody. They are scheduled to appear in Morinville provincial court on July 31.

The suspect vehicle was seized by police and is being held for further investigation.

Morinville RCMP are still investigating a vehicle rollover from last week.

Around 11:40 a.m. on July 22, RCMP were called to a single vehicle collision on Highway 44 near Township Road 552 by Rivière Qui Barre.

The vehicle was traveling north on Highway 44, went off the road into the east ditch and rolled.

There were three occupants in the vehicle. The driver and rear passenger were both ejected. STARS Air Ambulance was called. All three people were taken to Edmonton area hospitals and were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Alcohol was not a factor in the collision. The investigation in ongoing.

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