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Kincardine Resident Loses $4K In "Revenue Canada" Scam

Bruce County | by Bayshore News Staff  

Police urge people to be cautious and never give out information to people you don't know over the phone.

Provincial Police say a Kincardine resident recently lost $4,000 after falling victim to a scam.

South Bruce OPP say they received a report on May 28 from a Kincardine resident who took a phone call from someone claiming to be from "Revenue Canada".

Police say the fraudster told the victim there was an overdue amount owing and demanded payment by Bitcoin.
The scammer managed to pressure the victim in sending $4,000.

"Tech-savvy scammers use technology to create very convincing schemes to trick you into sending them money," OPP warn. "They will commonly use the name of a real company in order to gain your trust so that you will send money or personal information to them. Your best defence is to verify any unsolicited contact. Unsolicited means that you didn't ask for it."

The Canadian Anti-Fraud says a number of scams in which fraudsters claim to be from the Canada Revenue Agency, Service Canada or other government agencies have popped up in relation to COVID-19, with many new income support programs recently introduced.

Some instances have been reported where fraudsters try to use your identity to sign up for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and receive payments.

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