Woman seen feeding cash into Bitcoin ATM was scammed, police say

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An elderly Hamilton, Ont. woman was seen clutching a “CRA Legal Notice” and feeding a large amount of cash into a Bitcoin ATM in a local convenience store on Thursday.

Someone else in the store noticed what was going on and called police, believing her to be a victim of a scam.

The scammer went as far as masking his or her own phone number, and it appeared on the woman’s phone like the number of the person calling was 905-546-4925 – the non-emergency line of the Hamilton police. The person on the other end of the phone said she was “Mary Jones” of Hamilton police.

Police found out that the woman had deposited almost $17,000 into Bitcoin machines in the area in a matter of days, said Det. Sgt. Greg Doerr, who oversees the police major fraud unit.

Read more at CBC News Hamilton

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.