Scam threatens new famillies with deportation unless they pay up: Halifax police

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HALIFAX - Police are warning the public about a scam targeting new immigrants to HRM.

Police say on June 28, a man received a call from a 1-800 number from someone identifying themselves as being with the Canadian Border Services Agency. The man who made the call threatened the victim that he and his family would be deported to their home country unless he wired over money.

The victim did and later reported the incident to police.

Police are now investigating and reminding the public to be suspicious of any calls or emails asking for 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,” police say in a release.

Anyone who has been victimized by the scam is asked to contact the Halifax police’s integrated financial crime unit at 490-1985.

Organizations: Canadian Border Services Agency

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