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Police warn of phone scam

Fraudsters are calling up people and pretending to be from the Canada Border Services Agency and local police
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Halifax Regional Police are warning of another scam that's been circulating in the municipality.

They say fraudsters are calling up people and pretending to be from the Canada Border Services Agency and local police.

The scammers claim someone has brought illegal items into the country using their identity, and if they don't make an immediate bitcoin payment, they will be arrested.

"The callers appear to be calling from valid phone numbers; however, they are using computer programs to disguise or 'spoof' their phone numbers as legitimate CBSA and HRP numbers," police said in a news release.

HRP recommend hanging up if you get one of these scam calls.

If you have lost money or your identity has been compromised, call them at 902-490-5016.

Scams can be reported through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

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Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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