- Advertisement -
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
- Advertisement -

Lethbridge woman loses $5,000 in bitcoin scam

- Advertisement -

Lethbridge residents are being reminded that legitimate organizations will never ask for payment in bitcoin, gift cards, or pre-paid credit cards.

A 30 year old woman was scammed out of $5,000 earlier this week after an unknown man contacted her to say her Social Insurance Number had been compromised and fraudulent accounts opened in her name.

The caller told the woman to withdraw money from her accounts and deposit them into a bitcoin machine and that he or the police would be in touch once her accounts were secure.

Later that day, the woman got a text indicating she had been scammed and that she should call the police.

- Advertisement -   Article continues below ad

The LPS is asking residents to be wary of phone calls from anyone claiming a debt is owed, especially if the caller is demanding an unusual form of payment like a bitcoin transfer, gift cards, pre-paid credit cards or wire transfers.

To confirm the legitimacy of the call, hang up and contact the agency the caller claims to represent, directly.

- Advertisement -
Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Lethbridge News

Extreme heat breaks 107 year old record in Lethbridge

LETHBRIDGE, AB - July was one for the weather record books across southern Alberta and the last day of the month was a doozy...

“Left an incredible legacy”: Cor Van Raay passes away at 85

LETHBRIDGE, AB - Southern Alberta's celebrated cattle and grain farmer, entrepreneur and generous philanthropist, Cor Van Raay, has died at the age of 85. An...

Lethbridge College’s Coulee Fest set to return in September

LETHBRIDGE, AB - Lethbridge College's free festival is returning in September after a one-year, COVID-19-related absence. The fourth annual Coulee Fest will once again feature...

Delta-driven COVID-19 resurgence possible in Fall, Dr. Tam

Canada may be heading towards a Delta-driven fourth wave of COVID-19.  Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam gave the latest projections today (Friday), which...

Fire crews quick to control blaze at downtown Lethbridge restaurant

LETHBRIDGE, AB - A fire at Two Guys and a Pizza Place early Friday morning (July 30) is under investigation. Crews from four fire stations...
- Advertisement -