Burnaby RCMP warn about Bitcoin scam
Burnaby, Fraud Unit, Scams Unit
2017-10-17 11:03 PDT
File # 2017-45272
Burnaby RCMP is warning the public about a scam that seems to be gaining in popularity. There has been a recent increase in the number of scams involving the transfer of money via Bitcoin.
Two most common scams:
- A suspect will call and claim to be employed with the Canada Revenue Agency. Victims are advised that they owe money in unpaid taxes and are threatened with imminent arrest if they do not make payment via Bitcoin.
- A suspect calls and claims to be a police officer. The victim is told that a relative is in police custody and the victim must make an immediate bail payment via Bitcoin to have them released.
In both of the above scenarios, the caller will commonly
spoof their phone number to make it appear as if they are calling from a different location. The suspect will also quote personal information about the victim in order to bolster their credibility. For example, they may have person tax return information or names of family members.
Police advise not to transfer Bitcoin to persons representing themselves as police or the Canada Revenue Agency. Neither the CRA nor any police force in Canada accepts Bitcoin as a means of payment.
Money transferred in this fashion is nearly impossible to trace and cannot be recovered.
For more information regarding these and other common scams, please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at: www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca
Anyone with more information about this scam is asked to contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca
Sgt. Derek Thibodeau
Burnaby Media Line: 604 646 9900
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