International students targeted in phone scam
A new kind of scam has popped up in Peterborough, city police warn.
The Welcome to Canada tax scam targets international students, who receive a phone call claiming Canadian law requires them to make a $2,500 payment or be arrested. A second caller claims to be a city police officer, warning that arrest is imminent unless the student makes the payment via a bitcoin machine. Bitcoin is a new digital currency that can be exchanged for cash.
The student transferred the money via bitcoin but never heard back from the callers. Police are working with Trent University and Fleming College and warning the public, and in particular international students in the city, that this is a scam — there is no such tax, and tax officials and police do not act this way.
Anyone who has been tricked into handing over money is asked to call police at 705-8761122 or via the online reporting system http://crimereporting.peterboroughpolice.ca/
Scam calls can also be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/ reportincident-signalerincident/index-eng.htm