The HRP/RCMP Integrated Financial Crime Unit is issuing a warning about a fraud targeting newcomers.
On June 28, a man received a phone call from a 1-800 number from a man who identified himself as being a member of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The man advised the victim that he and his family were about to be deported to their country of origin and demanded a sum of money to be wired overseas to stop the process. The man wired the money and later reported the matter to police; the incident is under investigation.
HRM Partners in Policing encourage citizens to be suspicious of any calls or email asking for money and to make sure it is legitimate before sending money. Don’t give personal information to anyone, whether solicitation occurs by telephone, in person or by email, unless you have initiated the contact and you are certain of the identification of the individual and the legitimacy of the organization they claim to represent.
Anyone who has been a victim of such a scam is encouraged to report it to the HRP/RCMP Integrated Financial Crime Unit at 490-1985.
Media inquiries for CBSA should be directed to 613-957-6500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.