Kingston Police investigate $ 30,000 Canada Border Agency fraudulent call – .

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Kingston Police investigate $ 30,000 Canada Border Agency fraudulent call – .


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Kingston Police said they continue to receive several reports of individuals contacted by fraudsters, claiming to be employees of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and asking for money.

The victim of the latter incident called the police on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 and reported that she had just been scammed for $ 30,000, according to a statement from Kingston Police.

The police provided the following details of the scam:

The victim received a phone call from a person who allegedly worked for the CBSA. This person said his account was seized due to drugs, false identification and fraudulent accounts opened in his name. She was then informed that the investigation was ongoing and that local police would follow up with her at a later date.

The fraudster continued his correspondence with the victim via email, posing as a border officer and providing instructions on how to use his “back-up machines”. The victim was also advised to avoid informing the bank tellers of the reason for the large withdrawal, so as not to interfere with the investigation.

The victim followed all the instructions given to him and transferred all of his savings. It was determined, once the transfers were completed, that the “backup machines” the suspects referred to were in fact Bitcoin machines.

The victim then received a call from an officer identifying himself as the sergeant. Marshall with Kingston Police and Caller ID came out as Kingston Police with the correct phone number. This technique of hiding or duplicating phone numbers is called “identity theft”.

The victim became a suspect after Sgt. Marshall berated her for asking legitimate questions and accused her of not cooperating with their serious investigation. She then contacted the Kingston Police herself and it was then that she realized that she had been the victim of a phone scam.

Kingston Police have said there are currently no suspects in this incident and are reminding the community that at no time will Kingston Police, Canada Border Services or any other financial institution call you asking. personal information or to send money via Cryptocurrency.

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