Edmonton police issue warning after citizens defrauded over $200,000 in recent weeks

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“And just when we learn of one of them, there’s another one already making the rounds in Edmonton and communities around the world.”

He advises people to remember the acronym D.G.V.: Disengage from the person on the phone; go directly to the source (your bank, etc.); and verify whether the claim made by the person on the phone is true.

In another case, a 76-year-old man lost nearly $80,000 after a fraudulent transaction was done over the phone. A man claiming to be from a computer security company contacted the elderly man to inform him he was owed a $400 refund. The complainant was then asked for, and provided, online access to his bank account to deposit the alleged refund.

Then on Sept. 19, a 60-year-old woman was using her home computer when a “pop-up” appeared, instructing her to call Microsoft to deal with a supposed virus on her computer. The woman called the phone number and was then instructed to deposit $45,000 in Bitcoin to solve the issue.

Earlier that same week, police launched another investigation after a 41-year-old woman was conned out of $38,000. She was contacted by someone claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency and said the complainant owed $38,000. The woman was then instructed to deposit the money into a Bitcoin machine.

Anyone with information regarding fraud or deceptive telemarketing can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 and the Edmonton police.

ajunker@postmedia.com

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