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Collingwood/The Blue Mountains OPP warn residents of Canada Revenue Scam

06/11/17
It's still circulating.

(COLLINGWOOD AND THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, ON) Members of the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wish to remind residents that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam is still ongoing and fraudsters are continuing to utilize this tactic to defraud residents of their hard earned money.

Fraudsters posing as an employee of the CRA or a recognized financial institution will contact the victim via a phone call or email, phishing for your identification, personal information or will ask that outstanding taxes be paid by a money service business or by pre-paid gift cards or more commonly, by the purchase of iTune cards.

The caller will usually advise the targeted victim, via threatening or coercive language, that failure to pay will result in additional fees or that a warrant will be issued for their arrest. Other communications urge taxpayers to visit a fictitious CRA website where the taxpayer is then asked to verify their identity by entering personal information.

Here are some warning signs:

  • Urgency-- The scammer always makes the request sound very urgent, which may cause the victim to not verify the story.
  • Fear-- The scammer plays on the victim's emotions by generating a sense of fear.
  • Request for Money Transfer-- Money is usually requested to be sent by a money transfer company such as Money Gram, Western Union or even through your own financial institution

To avoid becoming a victim, police advise you to first check with another family member or trusted friend to verify the information BEFORE sending money or providing credit card information by phone or e-mail.

If you or someone you know suspect they've been targeted by this type of scam, please contact your local police service. You can also file a complaint through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or online at https://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm

                                   "Recognize, Reject and Report Fraud"

Contact: Provincial Constable Martin Hachey

             Media Relations Officer

             705-445-4321


http://www.opp.ca

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