Phone scam

Police are warning citizens about a recent telephone scam.

Tuesday evening, police received a report that a 23-year-old man had received a call from someone claiming to be with Immigration Canada. The caller told the man that a complaint had been filed against him and he would require legal representation which would cost hundreds of dollars. The victim was asked to forward the funds through a money transfer. The man then received a follow-up call from a man who said he was a police officer and advised the victim to send the money or he would be arrested. The number on the call display was a general inquiries telephone number from Halifax Regional Police which is believed to have been generated by a computer program. The man, believing these to be legitimate calls, followed through with the requests and was defrauded thousands of dollars.