Fraudsters posing as police officers and swindling thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin have prompted warnings from Strathcona RCMP.
Mounties are investigating scams where two victims each lost more than $10,000 and $20,000 after being threatened with arrest, or told their private information was compromised.
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“There is no circumstance where police will contact individuals requesting Bitcoin,” Const. Chantelle Kelly with Strathcona County RCMP said in a Friday news release. “These scammers typically contact hundreds of people hoping that someone will send them money.”
Police say one victim lost $12,000 after being threatened with an immediate arrest during a phone call with two scammers, one posing as an RCMP officer and another as a Canada Revenue Agency representative. The person was told to withdraw cash and deposit it into a Bitcoin machine immediately.
The second person lost more than $21,000. They were contacted by a man claiming to be an RCMP officer, saying their social insurance number was compromised and fraud allegations were pending. The victim was told to withdraw money from the bank and deposit into a Bitcoin machine for safe-keeping while police investigated fraud allegations.
Anyone who believes they have been a victim of fraud or have unintentionally offered up personal information are asked to contact Strathcona RCMP at 780-467-7741.
Visit Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre‘s website or call at 1-888-495-8501 for more information about scams.