Tax Scams Active in Region
Thursday, January 14, 2016 4:28 AM by
Goderich woman loses thousands of dollars as more scam calls are being made.
A Goderich woman is out just under $5000 to start the new year thanks to a scam.
Huron OPP tell us the woman received a call from a man who portrayed a Canada Revenue Agency worker.
Police tell us the fraudster advised the victim that she was guilty of tax evasion and owed $4800 -- and would be arrested if she did not pay.
The victim followed the callers instructions and sent $4500 to the scammer -- she also incurred a service charge for using the money transfer service.
The scammer told the victim they did not receive the money and she would have to send a certified cheque for another $5000.
The victim refused than was told an arrest warrant would be made for her and she would be arrested the next day.
The victim called Police.
Owen Sound Police have also received several calls in recent days from residents who received phone calls in a tax collection scam attempt.
The C.R.A.'s "LEADS" Program: 1-866-809-6841
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (Phone Busters) 1-888-495-8501
Your local Police Service
Ask yourself why the C.R.A. would be asking for personal information over the phone or e-mail that they likely already have on file for you as a taxpayer.
Contact the C.R.A. to confirm that you in fact owe back taxes, or are entitled to a refund, before providing any personal or banking information.