Bitcoin ATMs Used As Payment Tools in Canada Tax Related Scams

People posing as employees of the CRA, the Canada Tax Revenue Service, have managed to scam more than eight people for the amount of more than 100,000 dollars. Also, they collected the scams via bitcoin deposited into Bitcoin ATM with random wallet addresses, said the Waterloo Police, according to an article from the local source CBC.
The modus operandi of the scammers were as follows. They called the victim and identified themselves as employees of the tax service and then proceeded to ask for payments due to tax debts pending from the user; sometimes even calling back and maintaining the user on the phone for hours till the user agreed to pay the supposedly owed money.
Then to cover their tracks they used cryptocurrency for payments. The scammer asked for the money to be deposited on an electronic wallet via a Bitcoin ATM. The user would left without knowing even that he was scammed. The police also informed that the scammers can change their phone numbers to look like official phone numbers from those institutions, and recommended that if anyone got a phone call from any government institution regarding payments, one should hang up and call to the designated number.
These phone scams have been on the rise lately, and scammers have been getting more and more effective at it. There are three people that were scammed by 20,000 dollars and one more confirmed to have paid 25,000. It is also important to notice that neither the Canada Revenue Service nor any institution on Canada accepts Bitcoin or any cryptocurrency as payment options.
Chester Wisniewski, a security consultant from Sophos, a cybersecurity agency, declared that the scammers might be criminal, but they are extremely smart and psychologically trained to make you do their bidding unwillingly; and that employees will never push for immediate payments on cryptocurrencies over the phone.

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