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.

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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