Bitcoin Fraud – Fraudsters Spoof Oceanside RCMP Telephone Number

Oceanside

2021-12-17 10:49 PST

The Oceanside RCMP continue to receive complaints from local residents about telephone frauds involving Bitcoin.

One file of concern reported this week involved a fraudster telephoning a resident and advising them their Social Insurance Number had been compromised and was being used to facilitate money laundering through real estate transactions. The resident was then told they were being transferred to a Canada Revenue Agency agent. The Canada Revenue Agency agent advised the resident they needed to withdraw several thousand dollars and deposit the money into Bitcoin ATM’s.

The resident felt this was a scam and told the caller they were going to phone their local police to determine whether this was a fraudulent call. Shortly after, the resident received a telephone call which displayed the Oceanside RCMP telephone number. The caller identified themselves as a police officer and told the resident the earlier call they received about their Social Insurance Number being compromised was legitimate and instructed them to make the deposit to the Bitcoin ATM. Unfortunately, the resident fell victim to this fraud and made the Bitcoin deposit.

Fraudsters are adept at spoofing telephone numbers to make you believe they are calling from a legitimate agency. In this case, the fraudster made it appear they were calling from the Oceanside RCMP when they were not. If you want to confirm information with a particular agency or business, call them yourselves directly and do not accept unsolicited calls.

The police will never, under any circumstance, instruct anyone to make a Bitcoin deposit. If you receive a telephone call from anyone identifying themselves from a government agency such as the Canada Revenue Agency or RCMP requesting money or any personal or financial details, hang up the phone, it’s a fraud. says Sergeant Shane Worth of the Oceanside RCMP, The CRA or RCMP will never ask for money over the phone"

For more information on scams and frauds, please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or call 1-888-495-8501.

Sergeant Shane Worth
Operations Support NCO
Oceanside RCMP

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