June 15th, 2024

Business owner reports scam call demanding bitcoin for money owed to the city

By Medicine Hat News on June 11, 2024.

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The City of Medicine Hat does not accept bitcoin, and any utility customer receiving a request for such should contact police, authorities reiterated on Monday.

Medicine Hat police say they received a report from a local business owner who was contacted with a fraudulent threat supposedly from the city collections desk stating that immediate payment in the cryptocurrency was required to avoid immediate shutoff.

A “1-800” number given to the account holder provided official-seeming options and transfers.

Police say anyone receiving suspicious calls should hang up and contact investigators at 403-529-1111 to report the scam.

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