圣约翰斯发现涉及比特币的电话诈骗

圣约翰斯发现涉及比特币的电话诈骗

Your phone rings. It’s an area code you don’t recognize. When you pick up, the scare tactics start, pushing you to part with your money — or face the consequences.

While that scam sounds familiar, a variation has surfaced in St. John’s that blends the old con with new technology: bitcoins.

In a recording of one such scam obtained by the CBC, the call begins with the claim it’s coming from the Canada Revenue Agency. A warrant for the victim’s arrest is imminent, with “strong evidence” that the victim has knowingly misfiled their taxes.

“The audit department has got strong evidence that this was not an innocent act on occasions and this was willful act done with the intent to defraud the CRA,” the unidentified caller said.

To avoid the consequences — an expensive legal battle or lengthy prison sentence — the caller instructs their intimidated victim to convert cash into cryptocurrency via a bitcoin ATM and send it their way.

Yes B’y’s and bitcoins

That directive has sent victims to one of the few bitcoin ATMs in the province, in Yes B’y’s, a bar in downtown St. Johns.

Tara O’Reilly, the bar’s owner, said a phone call two weeks ago gave her the heads-up that something shady was going on.

The man on the other end of the line had been told to go to Yes B’y’s and convert $5,000 cash into bitcoin through her ATM in order to take care of his back taxes.

“When we found out this was happening, we decided to take the best course of action possible. So we did go to the police,” O’Reilly said.

Since then, she said she has intercepted several other potential victims, who have all entered the bar on the cell phone and approached the ATM with a large amount of cash. Even one of her employees almost fell victim to the scam.

“I just felt like it was the right thing to do,” said O’Reilly.

“I wanted to make sure that people knew that Yes B’y’s is not in any way associated with this scam.”

Police are aware of the bitcoin scam, although they say there haven’t been any specific complaints filed about it just yet.

“Most of the ones [complaints] that we receive here at the RNC have to do with the phone scams; and they’ll get you to go out and purchase iTunes cards or Amazon cards,” said Sgt. Mike Summers of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit.

Summers said regardless of the scenario, the CRA will always send a formal letter to get in touch.

Cryptocurrency criminals

One cryptocurrency expert isn’t surprised bitcoin is being used for crime.

“With a rise in anything’s popularity, criminals are always gonna be there,” said Ray Bursey, the CEO and president of Ghost Technologies, the company that owns the bitcoin ATM at Yes B’ys.

Bursey says while many scammers assume that the cryptocurrencies are untraceable, that’s not the case — although following the accounts bitcoins are sent to can be a difficult task.

“The addresses you’re sending to, they don’t have names attached to them. Much like your gGmail account could be fluffybunny@gmail.com, it doesn’t have your name … It’s pseudonymous,” Bursey explained.

Bursey said while there’s nothing to stop people from creating as many accounts as they want, if the same account used by a scammer includes any personal information, such as details from an online transaction like Amazon, that gives investigators a lead to pin down the fraudster.

According to Bursey, awareness is the best defence.

“Like anything, do your due diligence,” Bursey said.

Think it through, and you know what? Google it.”&nbsp

本文来自CBC News。本文观点不代表Chinese Students at MUN立场,转载请联系原作者。

出处:https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/bitcoin-scam-st-johns-1.4714383

(0)
上一篇 2018年6月20日 上午1:31
下一篇 2018年6月20日 下午9:45

相关推荐

  • 加拿大大麻合法后,美国海关提醒五大注意事项

    中新网10月18日电 据《加中时报》报道,鉴于加拿大全国已对大麻合法,美国海关和边境保护局发出重要通知,警告入境美国的人士,不要把大麻带入美国。报道称,美国边境官员发布记者会表示,就大麻在加拿大合法后,跨越加美边境的规定作出特别说明。 以下是五项主要规定: 一、加拿大特赦大麻罪犯 美国并不承认 加拿大联邦政府17日宣布将对过去因为持有少量大麻(不超过30克)…

    2018年10月18日
    0
  • 美国收紧H-1B签证 加拿大趁机抢挖顶尖外国人才

    【环球网综合报道】据美国“侨报网”10月8日报道,随着特朗普政府加大对外国技术人员获得H-1B签证的审查力度,并计划禁止他们的配偶在美国合法工作,加拿大一直在积极行动,从硅谷和美国其他科技丰富的地区吸引顶尖的外国人才。 外国技术人员只需两个星期即可从加拿大获得一份工作许可,而在美国,这个过程需要花费几个月的时间。 28岁的肖布赫特•汉德尔瓦尔(Shobhit…

    2018年11月5日
    0
  • Newfoundland Power寻求电费上涨

    The province’s consumer advocate is not pleased with Newfoundland Power’s request for a 1.2 per cent rate increase to pay more to its shareholders. Dennis Browne says t…

    2018年6月29日
    0
  • 加拿大移民部超收签证费2亿 涉数十万中国人

    加拿大移民部因为超收签证费遭到集体起诉,这宗案子已经得到联邦法院的核准,可能成为加拿大有史以来最大的一宗集体诉讼。 据Global News报道,诉讼指自2005年至2015年期间,中国、印度和菲律宾等多次临时居留签证的申请人支付的签证费,超出了加拿大政府实际处理成本。 涉数十万中国人 此案涉及超过200万份签证申请,追讨金额约2亿加元。需要签证入境加拿大的…

    2018年11月11日
    0