The public is being warned about a scam where fraudsters pretend to represent the Canadian Revenue Agency.
Fortunately, in three reported cases, the intended victims did not lose any money after being contacted by a criminal purporting to to be a CRA employee, reports the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment.
The fraudsters tried different tactics. In one incident, the target was told his or her social insurance number had been compromised, another was warned if information was not provided, CRA would have the victim arrested. In a third instance the fraudster told the victim that the victim’s SIN card was used to commit several crimes and the victim had to pay CRA for the stolen funds.
If you have shared personal information or banking details with scammers, contact your financial institution immediately to place alerts on your account. If you have been defrauded, report it to the police or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. For further information or to report a fraud online, visit: www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca
Meanwhile, the "romance scam" has cost a South Dundas resident $45,000 after the victim was targeted by a fraudster on an on-line dating site. The fraudster claimed that he needed to get a large sum of money via Bitcoin to assist him in getting a consignment box released by Puerto Rican custom authorities.