Police Reports

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Phone Scam

February 28, 2018

File Number: 2018257647

Charlottetown Police Services is again informing the public that the CRA phone scam has been reported numerous times over the last week.

The Charlottetown Police Major Crime Unit is currently investigating a complaint in which a significant amount of money was sent to the fraudster. In this case, the fraudsters intimidated the victim into sending them money by telling her if she did not make immediate payment, she would be arrested, go to jail and her children would be taken away. Payment was made by way of cash deposited into a bitcoin machine. What to do if you receive a call, text, letter, online refund forms or email?

1- Never disclose your personal/financial information.

2- Confirm the call/text/email message with the CRA by contacting them directly by phone at 1-800-959-8281.

3- If no exchange of information or funds was made, simply report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center online or by calling 1-888-495-8501.

4- If you did provide the scammers with personal information, financial information or funds, contact your local police service.

Red flags of a possible scam:

• Police do not collect money for CRA. If someone calls you and represents themselves as a police officer working for the CRA to collect overdue tax money, it’s a scam!

• CRA does not ask for payment via Western Union, MoneyGram, Bitcoin, iTunes cards or other non-traditional methods.

• Fraudsters often try to instill a sense of urgency in the situation to motivate their victim’s to send money immediately, before they have a chance to think clearly about the situation.

• Fraudsters often direct their victims not to call police or tell anyone else about the situation or else there will be negative repercussions for them.

• Fraudsters often call from a call center type environment known as a “Boiler Room”. If you hear excessive noise or several voices talking in the background that is an indication the call may be fraudulent.

• Fraudsters sometimes utilize computer software to change the telephone number that shows up on your phone’s call display.

For more information on the CRA scam, visit:

• https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/security/protect-yourself-against-fraud.html

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