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.