(Photo: Flickr)

Surrey RCMP warn public to remain cautious of ‘intricate’ fraud involving spoofing tech, bitcoin

Surrey RCMP continues to investigate spoofing scam victimizes Lower Mainland residents

Surrey RCMP continues to investigate a spoofing scam victimizes residents throughout the Lower Mainland.

According to an RCMP media release, a family was scammed out of thousands of dollars on Dec. 4 in an “intricate fraud.”

A man was contacted by a person posing as a delivery company. He was asked to meet the driver in a public location for a delivery, as the driver informed the man that his home address could not be found.

The man’s wife then received a call from what appeared to be her husband’s cell phone, using a spoofing technique that the Surrey RCMP has warned the public of before.

The caller told the woman that her husband was in custody and that she would need to send cash through a bitcoin ATM in order for him to be released.

The fraud was discovered after the money was deposited, and the family is reported to have lost “several thousands of dollars.”

“Police will never ask you for money either in bills, electronically, or using gift cards,” said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann. “Typical victims include elderly persons and people new to Canada not familiar with how government agencies operate. If you know someone in this demographic, please educate them about this and other scams to help protect them from being victimized.”

For more information on scam and fraud prevention, visit the Surrey RCMP’s website. If you believe you have been victim to fraud, please contact your local police and report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.



editor@cloverdalereporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

City ready for ride-hailing, says Delta mayor

The city has set up business licence fees for ride-hailing on par with what taxis in Delta pay

Surrey-area teens will have a ball at Christmas, thanks to collection effort

Realty company’s Bring on the Balls campaign now in its third year

South Surrey mom adds festive touch to late son’s Spirit Garden tree

Christmas twinkle adds ‘a little bit of joy at a difficult time’

Surrey groups receive funding for training support for people 55-plus

PICS getting $728K to help 120 people over two years

Surrey man accused of sex offences against child released on bail, warn Delta police

Gurchetan Singh Samra, 69, must stay away from — and not communicate with — anyone under 16 years old

VIDEO: These are the top toys this Christmas, B.C. toy experts say

Consider the play value of a game, staff at Toy Traders say

Man pleads guilty to second-degree murder in 2017 Stanley Park stabbing

Lubomir Kunik was found by a man out walking his dog on the beach late on Feb. 1, 2017

Vancouver homeless camp brings community, safety, home, says resident

Encampment in the city’s Downtown Eastside is one of many that have sprung up in B.C.

Mayor wants B.C. to institutionalize severely mental ill people who are homeless

Those suffering from mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, need specialized care, mayor says

Five things of note from Trudeau’s mandate letters to his ministers

Some marching orders come from the Liberal Party’s campaign, while others are new additions

Scheer’s resignation tips party into internal war over school tuition payments

The Conservatives have a Toronto convention already scheduled for April

Aid a priority for idled Vancouver Island loggers, John Horgan says

Steelworkers, Western Forest Products returning to mediation

Navigating ‘fever phobia’: B.C. doctor gives tips on when a sick kid should get to the ER

Any temperature above 38 C is considered a fever, but not all cases warrant a trip to the hospital

Most Read