Members of the DRPS Fraud Unit continue to receive regular reports from people who have sent money to scammers in the form of iTunes gift cards. These frauds are usually part of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Scam but may also include the Grandparent Scam and the Immigration Scam.
The CRA says taxpayers should be vigilant when they receive, by phone, mail, text message or email, a fraudulent communication that claims to be from the CRA. The fraudsters may request personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, or passport number.
They may insist that this information is needed so that the taxpayer can receive a refund or a benefit payment. Cases of fraudulent communication could also involve threatening language to scare individuals into paying a false debt to the CRA.
Other communications urge taxpayers to visit a fake CRA website where the taxpayer is then asked to verify their identity by entering personal information. These are scams and taxpayers should never respond to these fraudulent communications or click on any of the links provided.
Police are asking retailers to report suspicious transactions, especially when a vulnerable person is involved. DRPS has released an information poster (attached) and encourage retailers and financial institutions to display this warning to their customers and to serve as a reminder to their staff.
You should report deceptive telemarketing to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre..
Anyone wishing to report a fraud in Durham Region is asked to contact Durham Regional Police at 1-888-579-1520.
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