Scams

A Victoria woman lost $4,000 after scammers convinced her to convert money into bitcoin. (Unsplash photo)

Victoria woman loses $4,000 to ‘aggressive, manipulative and convincing’ bitcoin CRA scam

VicPD officer receives scam call himself while investigating case

A Victoria woman lost $4,000 after scammers convinced her to convert money into bitcoin. (Unsplash photo)
In April 2020, the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre and the Better Business Bureau received 12,900 reports of fraud nationwide – an increase of 9,000 reports from the same month a year prior. (Pixabay)

Fraud reports spiked by nearly 45% in April as scammers take advantage of pandemic

COVID-19 an opportunity for scammers to put new spin on old tricks, police warn

In April 2020, the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre and the Better Business Bureau received 12,900 reports of fraud nationwide – an increase of 9,000 reports from the same month a year prior. (Pixabay)
Saanich police are warning about gift card scams after a resident lost money. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich police warn of gift card fraud after resident falls victim to scam

Canadian Anti-Fraud Center reports about $15.8 million lost in 2020 so far

Saanich police are warning about gift card scams after a resident lost money. (Black Press Media file photo)
(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Grande trouble: BBB warns of bogus COVID-19 Starbucks gift card scam

Scammers disguise phishing scheme as COVID-19-related gift

(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
COVID-19. (Image Credit: CDC)

Island RCMP warn against COVID-19 scams

Government of Canada also reminds people to be alert for fraudsters

COVID-19. (Image Credit: CDC)
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When was the last time you changed your important passwords?

For National Password Day, and the BBB has some tips for increasing your online security

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Young B.C. family expected new puppy to arrive at airport, got scam instead

Surprise gift for kids turned into surprise theft from parents

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FILE - This Aug. 2, 2018, file photo shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration building behind FDA logos at a bus stop on the agency’s campus in Silver Spring, Md. U.S. regulators warned several companies to stop selling soaps, sprays and other concoctions with false claims that they can treat the new coronavirus or keep people from catching it. The warnings were emailed Friday, March 6, 2020, to companies based in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and were announced Monday. Nearly all the targeted companies had complied by Monday morning, with mentions of the virus or products to treat it taken off their websites. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Canadian company among seven warned by FDA over false coronavirus claims

Owner of Vivify said in an email that the company ‘simply sells herbs with no claims on them’

FILE - This Aug. 2, 2018, file photo shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration building behind FDA logos at a bus stop on the agency’s campus in Silver Spring, Md. U.S. regulators warned several companies to stop selling soaps, sprays and other concoctions with false claims that they can treat the new coronavirus or keep people from catching it. The warnings were emailed Friday, March 6, 2020, to companies based in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and were announced Monday. Nearly all the targeted companies had complied by Monday morning, with mentions of the virus or products to treat it taken off their websites. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Saanich police are hoping to help residents avoid romance scams by revealing the most common red fags. (Pixabay)

Don’t be blinded by love: Saanich police warn of online dating red flags

Canadians lost about $25 million to romance scams in 2018

Saanich police are hoping to help residents avoid romance scams by revealing the most common red fags. (Pixabay)
Fans pay their respect at a memorial for Kobe Bryant near Staples Center Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Watch out for scams, clickbait in the wake of Kobe Bryant’s death: Better Business Bureau

Kobe Bryant and his daughter were killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles

Fans pay their respect at a memorial for Kobe Bryant near Staples Center Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Scammers send out convincing prompts pretending to be from Canada Post. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Canada Post aware of ongoing email, text phishing scams

Scammers pretending to be Canada Post will ask for personal and payment information

Scammers send out convincing prompts pretending to be from Canada Post. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
‘Clever’ 90-year-old Saanich resident evades vitamin phone scammer

‘Clever’ 90-year-old Saanich resident evades vitamin phone scammer

Police warn of phone scammers claiming to be from the Regional Health Authority

‘Clever’ 90-year-old Saanich resident evades vitamin phone scammer
The Saanich Fire Department is warning people of a new phone scam. (Black Press Media files)

Saanich Fire Department warns public of new phone scam

Someone is posing as a fire fighter and asking for donations to the burn fund

The Saanich Fire Department is warning people of a new phone scam. (Black Press Media files)
VicPD warn ‘Inheritance Scam’ now targeting homes with hand delivery

VicPD warn ‘Inheritance Scam’ now targeting homes with hand delivery

Six letters reported received in Greater Victoria

VicPD warn ‘Inheritance Scam’ now targeting homes with hand delivery