Thursday, December 14, 2017

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fraud Warning – Taxation Scam
As previously released, the Winnipeg Police Service continues to receive reports of taxation-related scams.
The fraudsters will contact the victim pretending to be the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) by either telephone or e-mail. The fraudsters will try to obtain your personal information and will then tell you that you have outstanding taxes. Unfortunately they are often very aggressive even going as far as saying that they have the police on the way to the victim's door to arrest them if they do not pay immediately. This causes the victim to become afraid and want to do anything to comply with the fake CRA. The fraudsters also seem to target new Canadians as they are not as familiar with the Canadian tax or justice system.
The fraudster will then suddenly realize how you can immediately pay your outstanding taxes by going to a store and purchasing a prepaid credit or gift card or by going to a money transfer business. Once the fraudster has the details about the card or the transfer the money is gone, often out of Canada, and cannot be recovered.
Tips to remember:
- The Canada Revenue Agency has your identity information and will not use the phone to solicit it.
- The CRA will never ask you to purchase gift cards or to attend a money transfer business.
- If you do receive a phone call, contact the CRA, with a phone number that you look up, to confirm the details.
If you would like to learn more about tax scams or other types of fraud, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
Protect yourself: never agree to requests for payment without researching the validity of the caller.

For further information contact either:
   Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
   Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
   Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer
   Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

   Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email:

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