CRA SCAM CLAIMS ANOTHER VICTIM
8/9/2017 9:36:45 PM
Police say another resident has recently fallen victim tothe Canada Revenue Agency phone scam.
They say a 30 year old woman received a phone call from someone yesterday, who she believed to be from the CRA and was instructed by the scammer to buy $400 in iTunes gift cards, which she then picked up at an area drug store.
The victim apparently gave all the access numbers for the gift cards to the scammers, along with a picture of her health card.
A reminder once again that the CRA will not accept gift cards as payment and that personal information should never be given out over the phone unless you can verify the caller's identification.
If you do receive a scam call from someone pretending to be from the CRA:
If you receive a scam call from someone pretending to be from the CRA do the following:
· Do not take any immediate action
· Hang up and verify the information. Call a trusted family member, friend, or your bank to get a second opinion on the call.
· Verify the caller's ID and the request by calling the CRA directly at 1-800-959-8281
· Verify the status of your account by either going online http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/myaccount/ or by calling the CRA at 1-800-959-8281
· Remember, the CRA will never threaten arrest or send police.
· The CRA does not request payment either by prepaid credit cards or gift cards.
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