Scam victim lied to police

A woman who claimed to have been “arrested” by two fake police officers in a CRA scam, was lying.

Vancouver police have confirmed the victim reported on earlier this week exaggerated her report, and at no time was she physically approached by people claiming to be police officers.

The VPD issued a public warning Thursday regarding a report that a 58-year-old woman had received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the CRA and was later “arrested” by two men in police uniforms.

“Major crime detectives have confirmed that the woman was scammed out of $6,000, but at no time did she deal with anyone in person. This CRA scam was no different than other telephone scams reported in the past,” said Const. Jason Doucette.

“Based on the seriousness of the information originally reported by the victim, a team of major crime investigators were reassigned to focus on and prioritize this incident. Detectives confirmed this morning that the victim was embarrassed for falling for the scam and panicked, deciding to exaggerate her story to include fake police.”

There is no word if the unidentified lady will face charges, but Doucette said, “Our officers will continue with their investigation and will consider available options.”

The CRA will not threaten people with arrest, send the police to collect funds, or accept Bitcoin and gift cards as payment.

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