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Monday March 24th, 2014

Posted at 11:05am

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Windsor Police are warning about a new scam after several people fell victim to it.

Police say the scam involves a fear of being audited by the Canada Revenue Agency and being told you could possibility be arrested.

Here’s how police say the scam works:

  • the victim receives a phone call from a caller who claims to be either a police officer or an agent with Canada Revenue Agency.
  • the caller informs the victim that an “audit” of their taxes has been performed and that they owe the government money.
  • the caller indicates that an arrest warrant has been issued for the victim and that an arrest will happen within hours unless the funds are paid back immediately to the government.
  • the caller gives the victim specific instructions in order to avoid being arrested.
  • the caller tells to victim to stay on the phone. The victim is directed to go to a store and is told to purchase Visa gift cards in the amount that is owing.
  • once the cards are bought, the caller instructs the victim to provide the number codes on the card.
  • by providing the codes, the funds are transferred to the suspect.

Anyone who believes they have been a victim or anyone with information is asked to contact the Windsor Police Financial Crimes Unit at 519-255-6700 ext. 4330 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS).

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