Fraudsters dupe Oak Bay woman into paying $9,800

Another costly case of fraud has been reported on Vancouver Island, this time in Oak Bay.

Police said a woman contacted them last week to say she lost $9,800 after paying bitcoin to an unknown person. She said someone claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency had called and told her that she owed money.

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The CRA will not contact people by phone and threaten them into paying a tax bill, police said.

Do not give personal information or make payment to anyone claiming to be from the CRA via phone or email, they said.

A Nanaimo woman lost $14,000 this month to the so-called grandson scam, where people are duped into thinking a grandson or granddaughter is in trouble and needs money.

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