- On Friday, the police in Cobourg received a complaint related to online fraud.
- The victim claimed that a person on the phone call was from Service Canada.
- The caller told the victim that they have the victim’s social security number, and it was being used for human trafficking and illegal drug use.
On Friday, the police in Cobourg received a complaint related to online fraud. The caller told the victim that they have the victim’s social security number, and it was being used for human trafficking and illegal drug use.
Police further added that the victim was asked to deposit $78000 in Bitcoin into the area Bitcoin machine to keep it safe. As we all know, Bitcoin is one of the most popular and widely accepted cryptocurrencies in the world.
The victim believed the caller and thought it is a legitimate caller from a government agency, told the police. At the moment, the police are investigating the case for further details. Police are advising people not to fall for such scams.
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or any other government agency would never call anyone for such reasons. They also told people that no government agency would ask for a payment in Bitcoin.
In a similar incident in Lindsay, a victim on Tuesday registered a complaint against a fake lottery company. The victim told the police that they received a phone call from a lottery agency who told the victim that they won a $10000 lottery.
The victim further revealed that the lottery company asked them to pay the company for covering the expenses related to taxes and transfer of the winnings. The victim believed the scammers and revealed their social insurance and bank account numbers.
Sgt. Dave Murtha said,
“After transferring over $19,000 to the fraudulent lottery company, the complainant consulted with their bank and was informed that they were likely the victim of a fraud.”
Police are investigating this case as well. They are continuously warning people not to trust random phone calls or transfer money either through bank or cryptocurrency. They might become a victim of fraud.