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Two Haligonians defrauded of nearly $50,000 in CRA scam

Both victims received a call on Oct. 4 from someone saying they owed money to the CRA
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(Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

RCMP are issuing another warning about a telephone scam where people pose as Canada Revenue Agency workers.

Mounties received two reports from victims last Friday.

They say a 34-year-old Lower Sackville man was defrauded of almost $40,000 and a 40-year-old Cole Harbour woman lost $9,100.

Both victims received a call on Oct. 4 from someone saying they owned money to the CRA, and if they didn't transfer money, they'd be arrested.

They were told to transfer the funds into Bitcoin and make a deposit at specific Bitcoin ATM. 

Mounties say these scammers can be very persuasive and convincing.

"You are not alone if you have been the victim of fraud," they said in a news release.

The CRA will never do the following:

  • ask for information about your passport, health card, or driver's license
  • demand immediate payment by Interac e-transfer, Bitcoin, prepaid credit cards or gift cards
  • use aggressive language or threaten you with arrest or sending the police
  • leave voicemails that are threatening or give personal or financial information

More fraud prevention tips can be found online.    

Anyone who thinks they've been a victim of fraud, or tricked into giving out their personal or financial information should contact their local police service. 

Scammer calls can be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) by phone at 1-888-495-8501 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m. AST) or online at www.antifraudcentre.ca.




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Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana & lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the community editor for HalifaxToday.ca.
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