SUDBURY — Police say that for at the very least the third time this yr, somebody has fallen sufferer to a Bitcoin scam on the town.
On Wednesday afternoon, a Maynard girl was trying to purchase $10,000 of BItcoin from a Bitcoin ATM at Sudbury Sundries, 100 Boston Publish Street (Route 20), police spokesman Lt. John Perodeau stated Thursday.
“She bought a name from somebody claiming to be from Social Safety and (they) informed her there was an issue together with her Social Safety quantity,” he stated. “So as to repair it, she needed to ship $10,000 through Bitcoin.”
The girl, whom Perodeau described as being a senior, had put $1,900 into the Bitcoin ATM when the machine stopped accepting cash for an unknown purpose.
“The clerk observed what was taking place and informed her it was a rip-off and they need to name police,” Perodeau stated.
The girl had despatched the code for the $1,900 to the scammer and is probably going out of that cash, however she retained one other $8,100 that may have possible been misplaced. Perodeau stated it is frequent for scammers to ask for $10,000 initially, then search extra later.
That is the third time this yr that police know of somebody falling sufferer to a Bitcoin rip-off and utilizing the ATM at Sudbury Sundries. In June, a Lincoln girl had bought $30,000 price of Bitcoin, however a clerk stopped her from sending the code as a result of they acknowledged it as a rip-off.
One other individual despatched $50,000 in Might. Police are hoping they’ll get the cash again, Perodeau stated.
A clerk who answered the cellphone Thursday at Sudbury Sundries referred quries to the shop proprietor, who couldn’t be reached.
Perodeau stated folks have to take care — no professional enterprise or authorities company would demand fee through Bitcoin or chilly name somebody demanding cash.
“Once you obtain a name like this, name the police or name your financial institution with the cellphone quantity you beforehand had with them and ensure,” stated Perodeau. “They are going to let you know it’s a rip-off.”
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