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RCMP warning local businesses about bitcoin scam

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Mounties are investigating multiple reports of a phone scam targeting local businesses using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

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Police said that over the past two weeks three separate businesses in Fort McMurray, St. Paul and Vermilion have been targeted by fraudsters.

In each of the cases employees were contacted by an Ontario phone number. The caller pretended to be a high-ranking employee of the parent company of the business. The caller then asked for an employee to make a payment through a local Bitcoin ATM for outstanding business licensing fees or other related business expenses on behalf of company headquarters. The payments have varied from $500 to $3,000. In one case an employee also lost money through a personal account.

“We are just trying to get the information out there so other businesses don’t fall for it,” said police spokesperson Cpl. Lacey Blair. “The calls are generally coming from an Ontario…

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