RCMP warns that government agencies don’t take Bitcoin
2017-12-20 08:19 PST
File # 2017-37006
If you get a call from a ‘government agency’ that’s asking for a payment in Bitcoin to solve your problem, it’s a scam.
In recent months, Coquitlam RCMP has received a number of complaints about fraudsters who claim to work for either Canada Revenue Agency or the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. In each case, the caller threatens legal consequences (including deportation and arrest for unpaid taxes) unless you pay a sum of money immediately.
Here are some tips to protect yourself from fraudsters posing as government workers:
- The government does not send you a text message when you owe money
- The government will not pressure you to pay a fine in minutes or hours
- The government does not accept payment in Bitcoin, gift cards or prepaid credit cards
- Government agencies do not demand that you keep a conversation secret from your spouse, your family, or the police
- Do not trust the number on your call display. Phone numbers are often ‘spoofed.’ To make sure that you’re dealing with a legitimate organization, hang up and call back using a phone number that you get from a reputable source
- Criminals try to bolster their credibility by showing you they already know some of your personal information. Don’t share more personal information, including banking information, over the phone
Some criminals prefer using Bitcoin because transactions are very difficult to trace. Chances are that if you send money via Bitcoin you will never get it back.
For more information on how to protect yourself, visit the Frauds & Scams section of the Coquitlam RCMP or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website. If you have been the victim of fraud call the non-emergency number of your local police.
Cpl. Michael McLaughlinMedia Relations Officer
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y5
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