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How a grocery store in a Cape Breton village foiled a $7,000 gift card scam

Without the help of a sharp grocery store employee, a Cape Breton man would likely have lost thousands of dollars to a gift card scam.

“Basically, the spidey senses kicked in,” said Neils Harbour Co-op employee Susan Dowling. “I went and asked him, ‘Sir, why are you buying all these gift cards?’ And I tried to explain to him that there’s a lot of scams going on.”

After a call to the RCMP, Dowling eventually helped convince the customer he was being conned. She says that most of the money the man lost to the scam was refunded by his credit card provider.

Police say gift cards are a common target for fraudsters because they’re not easily tracked. Read more

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre says more people may be falling victim to scams as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

Worried your COVID-19 vaccine won’t be accepted abroad? Here’s what you need to know

If you’ve mixed COVID-19 vaccines or were vaccinated with a certain brand of AstraZeneca, you may face some obstacles while travelling.

That’s because some countries don’t consider travellers with mixed doses to be fully vaccinated. In the case of the United States, for instance, travellers may be allowed entry but then barred from…

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