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Nanaimo hotel employees lose money to scammers claiming to represent head office – Nanaimo News Bulletin

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Two Nanaimo hotels have been scammed out of nearly $1,700 after employees thought they were responding to legitimate requests from their regional offices.

Both incidents took place in early June, according to a Nanaimo RCMP press release.

The first incident involved a hotel employee who took a call from a person who said he was calling from the hotel’s head office and that he was having trouble getting a package delivered to the hotel. The caller said the package contained the hotel’s business licence and items for a pending health inspection.

The employee was told money to cover the shipping costs had to be sent to Federal Express immediately so the parcel could be delivered. The employee, the release said, assumed he’d be reimbursed by the hotel and used nearly $1,000 of his own money and a smaller amount of company money and deposited the money in an ATM that deals only in bitcoin.

“After the money was deposited, the employee spoke…

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