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Halifax police warn of email scam involving fake diplomat, U.S. military

A Halifax woman told police she had gotten an email asking her to receive a cheque from a diplomat and then send money back to someone else.

Metro file

Halifax police are warning residents about an overseas scam involving a fake diplomat, the U.S. military and a parcel sent to your home that has surfaced in the city.

At 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Halifax Regional Police responded to a report from a woman saying she had received an email earlier that morning from someone claiming to be a sergeant in the United States military, the release said.

The email also contains a photo of a person in a U.S. military uniform.

The email also states that a diplomat will be delivering a parcel with money or a cheque to the receiver, and claims to know their home address, but will ask for confirmation, police said.

If your address is provided, you may then get a parcel containing a cheque or cash that appears legitimate - “but it is not.”  

Police said you will be asked to deposit the cheque or cash into your bank account and then send some of the money back to the sender.

Citizens are being reminded to be wary of any calls or emails that ask you to provide money, bank or personal information such as your Social Insurance Number (SIN) or date of birth as this could lead to identity theft.

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