RCMP warns that government agencies don’t take Bitcoin

Coquitlam

2017-12-20 08:19 PST

File # 2017-37006

If you get a call from a ‘government agency’ that’s asking for a payment in Bitcoin to solve your problem, it’s a scam.

In recent months, Coquitlam RCMP has received a number of complaints about fraudsters who claim to work for either Canada Revenue Agency or the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. In each case, the caller threatens legal consequences (including deportation and arrest for unpaid taxes) unless you pay a sum of money immediately.

Here are some tips to protect yourself from fraudsters posing as government workers:

Some criminals prefer using Bitcoin because transactions are very difficult to trace. Chances are that if you send money via Bitcoin you will never get it back.

For more information on how to protect yourself, visit the Frauds & Scams section of the Coquitlam RCMP or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website. If you have been the victim of fraud call the non-emergency number of your local police.

Released by

Cpl. Michael McLaughlin

Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP
coquitlam.rcmp.ca
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y5
Office: 604-945-1580

Email: coquitlam_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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