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  CRA Scam Costs Clarington Man

Nov 24, 2017 12:29 ET

Recent warnings about an increase in CRA scams in Durham Region came too late for a Clarington man, who lost over $17,000 yesterday.

The victim attended East Division yesterday to report that he was persuaded by the man on the telephone to send over $12,000 to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for back taxes. After talking to the fraudster over the phone, the victim attended two banks and transferred money to designated accounts. He was then told to cover the cost of withdrawing the warrant for his arrest, and sent along over $4,000 in iTunes and Steam gift cards.

The victim believed the caller was telling the truth for several reasons:
-the incoming phone number was a 1-800 number
-he was told a lawsuit and an arrest warrant were underway for missed tax returns and past fraudulent tax claims
-he cited a lengthy RCMP case file number and Warrant ID number
-he was told there was a discrepancy between his income and his expenses

DRPS fraud experts say these CRA scams keep changing and are often done from locations outside of Canada. The perpetrators cover their tracks quickly and change phone numbers and bank accounts. They are very difficult to investigate and the best defense is an educated public.

You should report deceptive telemarketing scams to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. Anyone wishing to report a fraud in Durham Region is asked to contact Durham Regional Police at 1-888-579-1520.