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In another coronavirus-related scam, a victim lost $250 ordering masks from a fraudulent website.
Nearly $4M lost to multimedia scams in 2019
Police are also warning people to be vigilant of multimedia scams which target people by text, phone call, the internet, media, and mail. Edmontonians lost $3.9 million to these scams in 2019.
E-transfers were the most common method of taking money, followed by Bitcoin or blockchain, Google Play gift cards and cash.
Older people have often been victimized because they are more likely to have more money, but police say younger people have also been targeted, with scammers opening credits cards and even buying vehicles using stolen private information.
Police say people who receive phone calls demanding money from organizations like banks, utility providers and Canada Revenue Agency, should reach out to them directly using the number on their official website, on the back of a banking card or a utility bill.
“If they’re that persistent, and they’re being that belligerent or rude, hang up on them and go to your local bank to make sure everything is OK,” Herczeg said.