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.

OPP Constable and Media Officer Stephanie Belec says in such scenarios scammers tend to push a sense of urgency, something that should be a major warning sign of possible fraud.

She also says there are some steps people should be aware they can take to defend being a victim of fraud.

Belec says the best thing to do is visit the anti-fraud centre or call OPP crime stoppers immediately.