Investigators are trying to identify a male suspect who used an ATM in Hamilton to withdraw money defrauded from an Ajax woman.
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, an Ajax woman received a phone call from a male who claimed to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and informed her that she had outstanding taxes owed. The suspect instructed the victim to load the outstanding balance onto prepaid credit cards and to call back with the card information. More than $3,000 was transferred to the suspect.
Video surveillance at the Mohawk College Student Centre in Hamilton shows a male suspect withdrawing funds from the account the credit cards were transferred into.
The suspect is described as male, white, 20 to 30 years, 5'8" to 5'10" tall, and wearing dark clothing, a dark toque, and glasses.
No reputable company or organization will advise you to make payments with pre-paid credit cards. Fraudsters will go to great lengths to convince you the agency is real, including the use of 1-800 numbers, realistic websites and even receptionists to answer the phone. If you receive such a call, hang up and report the call to police.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Det. Hughes of the Major Crime Fraud Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5353.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.
CRA Suspect (JPG file, 368.4K bytes)