Nova Scotians lose record $3.6M to scams

March 1, 2023
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

News release

In 2022, Nova Scotians lost a record $3.6M to scammers, up from $2.5M in 2021.

"Fraudsters continue to steal hard-earned money from people in every corner of our province," says Sgt. Andrew Joyce of the RCMP Financial Crime unit. "False investment opportunities, fake relationships, and bogus prize winnings are costing Nova Scotians thousands."

Based on dollar losses, the top ten scams in the province in 2022 were:

  • Investments - $1,823,133.29
  • Romance - $616,051.58
  • Prize - $318,187.51
  • Spear phishing - $276,512.30
  • Vendor fraud - $164,807.19
  • Job - $134,132.13
  • Service - $118,342.45
  • Extortion - $104,128.00
  • Merchandise - $67,547.96
  • Emergency (jail, accident, hospital, help) - $60,616.00

"With March being Fraud Prevention Month, we're taking this opportunity to remind Nova Scotians to be alert to scam activity," says Sgt. Joyce. "It's rampant. And it can be devastatingly costly."

To lessen the chances of being a victim of fraud:

  • Don't give personal or financial information to unknown callers, texters or emailers
  • Resist acting immediately when being pressured to hand money over
  • Never send cryptocurrency or gift cards for payment
  • Know that government agencies and police don't request payment via gift cards or cryptocurrency, and don't show up at your door to collect money

If anyone suspects they're a victim of fraud, they should contact their nearest RCMP detachment or local police.


Contact information

To arrange an interview with Sgt. Andrew Joyce, Nova Scotia RCMP Financial Crime:

Cpl. Chris Marshall
Public Information Officer
Nova Scotia RCMP
Cell: 902-222-0154

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