Refugee family loses $400 to phone scam offering English lessons

SAINT JOHN, N.B. -- A family of Syrian refugees in New Brunswick has lost about $400 after falling prey to a phone scam offering lessons to teach the English language.

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Saint John Police Sgt. Lori Magee says the family was contacted Monday by someone seeking money and banking information in exchange for the lessons.

She says once the family's interpreter learned of the scam, he called the bank and police, but the money had already been taken from an account.

Magee says police and other community stakeholders have organized a meeting next week to advise Syrian refugee families in the area about the various services that are available to them.

She says they'll also discuss phone scams and the seriousness of providing personal information over the phone.

Magee says it's difficult to nab people conducting phone scams because they often use untraceable phones or set up false accounts.



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