It’s fraud season- Don’t get scammed by a scammer


2021-05-05 11:31 PDT

File # 2021-15749

During tax season, fraudsters with all tricks of the trade, surface and attempt to disrupt your life by stealing your hard earned money. Some frauds may originate by email, others through social media sites, phone or regular mail. Regardless of their origin, they all have similarities. The following are just some of the many frauds being carried out in Nanaimo

20121-15749 Bitcoin scam On May 1, 2021, the Nanaimo RCMP received a complaint from a supervisor of a local international fast food restaurant. The caller said he had received a phone call from their head office indicating their restaurant was required to purchase a machine for their business, and if the machine was not purchased, a health inspector would be forced to close their franchise. The victim was told to pay $1100 was required and payment had to be made in bitcoins. The machine was never delivered.

2021-15591 Email scam On April 30, 2021, a local woman received an email from a known friend requesting that she purchase a $100 Amazon gift card on her behalf, then forward it as a gift to an unknown email address at After complying, the victim learned that her friend’s email account had been hacked.

2021-15502 Grandson scam On April 29, 2021, a local man received a phone call from a man claiming to be a lawyer representing his grandson. The lawyer said his grandson had been in a car accident, that he was in jail and needed $6000 immediately. The victim was provided with a bank account at two local chartered banks and $3000 was transferred from each account. The money was then transferred.

2021-12576 Computer fraud On April 8, 2021, a local woman called to report being scammed for $4500. The victim said she received an alert on her computer advising her to call 1-626-610-7428. She called the number and was told that someone was buying pornography on her computer and that she was being hacked. In order to stop it, she needed to purchase Google cards. The victim was told if anyone asked what the cards were needed for, she was to say that they were for her grandchildren and that they were very important. The victim, who was in her late 70's, spent most of the day driving around buying the cards. Once they were purchased, she called the number back and provided the ten-digit code on the back of each card. The phone number provided was later determined to be a digital text line with no means of determining where it originated.

2021-11848 Fake gold scam On April 3, 2021, a Nanaimo man, working at a hotdog stand in north Nanaimo, was approached by a couple asking for money as a result of them losing their wallet. The couple were well dressed and had two small children in their relatively new vehicle. The couple gave the victim several pieces of gold jewelry and told him that they would phone in a couple of days to confirm repayment of the money that was lent to them. The victim later found out that the address they provided was fake and the phone number given was incomplete. Both suspects were of Middle Eastern descent. The female was approximately 6 ft. tall, dressed in black and was wearing a red and white head scarf. The man was 5 ft. 8, stocky and was wearing a grey suite. He also very quickly, showed a piece of ID from Ontario

There are a number of basic things you can do to protect your accounts and money:

To contact the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre, call 1-888-495-8501 or go online at 

Released by

Cst. Gary O'Brien

Media Relations Officer
Community Policing Services, Nanaimo
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N3
Office: 250-755-3257
Cell: 250-713-0701
Fax: 250-755-3238


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