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Fraud and Scams

CRA Phone Call

  1. The scammers will claim to be the CRA and, in an attempt to gain their trust, provide personal information about the target.
  2. The scammers will state the target owes a large sum of money in taxes to the CRA.
  3. The criminals will claim that, should the target fail to immediately pay their taxes through the bitcoin ATM, they will be sent to jail.
  4. The scammers will do everything they can to keep the target on the phone in order to pressure them into making the transaction.
  5. Demographic of targets: The elderly, recent immigrants, the young (students with little knowledge of legal systems), and workers who receive payment under the table.

RCMP Phone Call

  1. They will convince the target that they are indeed the RCMP.
  2. The scammers will claim to have one of the target’s loved ones in custody.
  3. The criminals will explain that the only way for the family/friend to be released is if the target transfers a set amount of bitcoin to the QR Bitcoin address provided.
  4. Demographic of targets: The elderly, recent immigrants, the young (students with little knowledge of legal systems), and workers who receive payment under the table.

Job/Employment Scam

  1. The job/employment scam takes advantage of those who are seeking work.
  2. Individuals are offered a job without needing to have an in-person meeting with the employer. The target is asked to receive money from an unknowingly-compromised bank account.
  3. They are then asked to withdraw cash in order to purchase bitcoins.These bitcoins are, in turn, sent to the wallet address of the scammer.
  4. Demographic of targets: The elderly, recent immigrants, the young (students with little knowledge of legal systems), and workers who receive payment under the table