Your computer is a gateway to the internet, but it also can be an opening for fraudsters.

The OPP is warning people to be aware of service scams, which are ploys to extort money and personal information through your computer. Constable Stephanie Belec says in these scenarios, scammers tend to push a sense of urgency, something that should be a major warning sign of possible fraud.

Belec says steps to take if you feel you are being scammed would be to turn off your computer, call your credit card companies and banks, and visit the anti-fraud centre or call OPP immediately.