Cryptocurrency fraud in the Comox Valley
2021-11-25 11:23 PST
File # 2021-17022, 2021-18836
Comox Valley RCMP is currently investigating several reports of cryptocurrency fraud resulting in the loss of over a million dollars.
In two reports, the victims were called over the telephone and presented with an opportunity to invest money in return for dividends. The victims allowed the scammer remote access to their personal computers to facilitate the creation of online trading accounts on a legitimate trading platform; however, since the scammer had access to the computer they were able to gather personal information from the victim and had continued access to the accounts created. For some time, the victims received dividends from the scammer. When the dividends eventually stopped, the accounts were drained and the victims lost thousands of dollars more than they received back.
Additional victims, wishing to invest in crypto-currency, clicked on Facebook advertisements for crypto-currency brokers. They transferred money to these brokers and saw reports online showing that their money was doing well, even noticing profitable gains. The brokers encouraged victims to invest more money until all communication stopped and the money became inaccessible.
Once you’ve taken your money from the bank and transferred it elsewhere, you are responsible for where it goes and who is able to access it, said Cst. Monika Terragni, Comox Valley RCMP Media Relations Officer.
Take your time to know where your money is going and don’t get lured in by fancy websites, online advertisements, or unexpected phone calls.
Here are a few tips to protect yourself
- Be wary of online and social media advertisements promising returns on crypto assets and be suspicious if you are contacted out of the blue and offered an investment opportunity.
- Do your research! Take the time to ensure that you are using legitimate applications or services for your investment. Scammers often try to rush you into making decisions.
- Do not allow anyone to have remote access to your computer to facilitate the creation of accounts and/or to access private banking information.
- Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
If you do fall victim to a fraud, or have information, please call the Comox Valley RCMP at (250) 338-1321. If you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or online at comoxvalleycrimestoppers.bc.ca.
To learn more about Cyber Safety, visit the RCMP Cyber Safety webpage.
To learn more about current frauds and trends in Canada, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
Cst. Monika TerragniMedia Relations Officer
Comox Valley RCMP
800 Ryan Rd, Courtenay, BC V9N 7T1
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