**** RCMP Media Release
Victim defrauded $20,000
Halifax District RCMP received a report of a fraud where the victim was defrauded $20,000 in McGraths Cove.
On August 20, the victim received a call from someone unknown to them who stated they worked for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The suspect told the victim that they owed money to the CRA and needed to transfer them currency in Bitcoin to avoid arrest by the RCMP. The suspect directed the victim to deposit the Bitcoin at two specific Bitcoin ATMs. The victim did what they thought was required and made the transfer.
Police want to remind the public that being scammed is never the victim’s fault. Scammers can be very persuasive and convincing. You are not alone if you have been the victim of fraud.
Please note that CRA does, on occasion, contact taxpayers by phone. However, it is important to note that the CRA will never:
- 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
Have you seen this side-by-side?
East Hants RCMP in investigating a theft of a side-by-side that occurred between June 30 and July 21 from a property on Douglas Rd. in the Rawdon area.
The side-by-side is a black, turquoise and white (Quad) 2016 CF Moto 800 with turquoise rims. It has a Nova Scotia licence plate JC449 attached.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Enfield RCMP at 902-883-7077. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.