RCMP warn of scammer posing as northern Alberta chief

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A scam artist posing as the chief of a northern Alberta First Nation is trying to defraud victims of thousands of dollars, Wood Buffalo RCMP say. Police say a fraud artist has been posing as Chief Jim Boucher of the Fort McKay First Nation, a small indigenous community about 50 km north of Fort McMurray.

Offers involve land purchases, business acquisitions or bribes

The scammer has been contacting individuals or businesses, usually by phone, making offers that involve land purchases, business acquisitions or bribes. Victim are asked to send money to complete the deal. The amounts requested range from a few hundred dollars to upwards of $10,000, RCMP said in a news release Tuesday. Once the victim sends the money, the caller cuts off all contact with the victim.

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This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.