WINNIPEG – A police power in southern Manitoba is warning residents to be cautious when receiving random textual content messages and telephone calls.
The Winkler Police Service says two Manitobans have been just lately victims of telephone scams, one shedding cash after being advised she was an id theft sufferer, the opposite changing into an precise id theft sufferer. Investigators clarify a lady was known as this previous weekend by a person claiming to be from “Winkler RCMP” (Winkler Police word their presence there means there’s no want for Mounties to have a detachment). The person claimed her id had been stolen, and advised her to switch cash from her financial institution and convert it to Bitcoin. The sufferer then misplaced entry to the cryptocurrency.
Simply the day earlier than, Winkler Police say one other lady advised them she’d obtained a textual content message claiming that an merchandise she had ordered from Amazon had gone lacking, and that she wanted to name a telephone quantity to assist observe down the package deal.
The sufferer hadn’t ordered something from Amazon, however she known as the quantity anyway and gave the rip-off artists her bank card and driver’s licence numbers. She was advised to enter a code on her pc, which allowed the fraudsters to hijack it. However the sufferer didn’t understand she’d been scammed till she received an e-mail about an account on a Bitcoin web site opened in her title. Police suggested her to cease speaking with the fraudster, and notify her financial institution so it may block any potential transactions.
The Winnipeg Police Service says an rising variety of Manitobans have gotten victims of scams involving Bitcoin. Police are urging individuals to solely ship cryptocurrency to individuals they know, and to by no means give private data to strangers.