Ongoing Revenue Canada tax scams continue to be a menace for residents in the Parry Sound area.
West Parry Sound OPP says they are swamped with calls that are related to the scams.
Fraudsters are continuing to call consumers impersonating the Canada Revenue Agency and claiming that a recent audit has identified discrepancies from past filed taxes.
The scammers threaten their victims that failure to pay up immediately will result in additional fees, jail time and/or deportation.
Fraudsters often request payment via money services, pre‐paid cards/gift cards such as iTunes, or bitcoin.
In another scam, victims receive an email or text message indicating a refund is pending from the CRA. The email includes a link that directs consumers to a website that looks like the actual CRA.
Consumers are asked to fill in their personal information such as Social Insurance Number, Date of Birth, and banking information before receiving the refund via email money transfer.
Of course, they never receive the refund.
West Parry Sound OPP Community Safety/Media Relations Officer Constable Miles Loach says if you’ve been defrauded out of money as a result of one of these scams, to please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or your local police service, and the Canadian Anti‐Fraud Centre at 1‐888‐495‐8501 or contact them online.
However, if you were able to identify the contact as fraudulent before losing any money and just want to notify authorities about the scam, he urges you not to call police but to contact the Anti-Fraud Centre only.