In­ter­na­tional stu­dents tar­geted in phone scam

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local -

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

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