Police Warn Of Fraudulent CRA Website Claiming To Pay Refunds
Thursday July 7th, 2016
Posted at 2:28pm
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Windsor Police are sending out a reminder to the public that the CRA scam is still active in our community and throughout the Province.
Police say that they continue to receive numerous calls from the public on a daily basis advising of the scam. In most cases people are contacted by telephone and the caller claims to be from the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) and advises the person that they owe the government money and the debt is past due. They claim that if the debt is not settled immediately, the victim could be in jeopardy with the CRA and local law enforcement.
The caller usually directs victims to purchase prepaid gift cards or send money grams, but police stress that the CRA would never have you pay an outstanding debt with gift cards or Itunes cards.
They say to be aware of phone spoofing and remember that the CRA would notify you of outstanding debt by registered mail.
Police also say they have received information of a phony CRA website that looks very similar to the Canada Revenue Agency Website. The scammer will email or text message a link to the phony website where it asks for your social insurance number, date of birth and name. Once you put your information it will tell you an amount that you owe with instructions on how to settle the outstanding debt by credit card. Please note that you could put any name and numbers and it will tell you that you owe money which also shows that it is a phony website. The FAKE website currently shows “refund-online” although it can change and take on new forms.
They say that the real website will not change.
Police say that you don’t have to call them unless you fell victim to the fraud and incurred a loss. If you would like to provide their Financial Crime Branch with information on the encounter with the scammer you can email them at [email protected]