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The Windsor Police Financial Crimes Unit is reminding the public that people are falling victim to a Canada Revenue Agency scam.
There have been several reported instances in the month of January, which according to police has resulted in over $56,000 in losses to victims in the community.
In one incident a victim received a call from someone posing as a representative from the CRA saying they had audited their taxes for the years of 2010-2014 and owe $3000. They advise that if the debt is not settled immediately they will be arrested. The victim cooperated and utilized pay loaded credited cards and money grams. They were called back again and advise they owed more because of another audit involving the years of 2006-2009 and another call again for the years 2000-2005. The victim complied with the subsequent requests. They called back again and said his wife also owes money. He cooperated with these requests as well and transferred over $34,000 in total.
He found out he was a victim of a scam when he called the CRA directly.
Police say there were also four other reported incidents involving the same CRA Scam and the losses to victims ranged from $3,000 to $8,500. In some of these cases people were transferring money to people posing as representatives of the IRS in the United States in US funds which is also a sign that it is a fraud scam.
Police are reminding the public to remain vigilant and know that the CRA would never contact you by e-mail, or would they ever have you pay an outstanding debt with a pre-loaded gift card or money gram.