Canadian scam hits South Shore |

Canadian scam hits South Shore

Rob Bhatt

South Lake Tahoe police on Monday issued an advisory urging residents to be wary of a telephone scam believed originating in Canada.

The perpetrator(s) of the con have reportedly begun targeting area residents.

The caller identifies himself or herself as an attorney representing a law firm retained by the government and notifies potential victims that they have won a portion of a cash settlement to a lawsuit filed against Canadian companies.

The caller then directs potential victims to make tax payments required to collect their share of the settlement.

Local police contacted their counterparts in Montreal to discuss the scam, which is reported to be a common, ongoing fraud originating in the Montreal area.

Those who pay the tax have reportedly never received the money they were promised.

Canadian officials suspect more calls will be made to residents in the South Lake Tahoe area.

Any victims or others contacted by the perpetrators of this attempted fraud are asked to contact South Lake Tahoe police, 542-6100, or the local FBI field office, 542-4140.

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