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.
Bayshore Broadcasting News has also received a number of calls from listeners who were called, but fortunately were not taken in by the scammers.
The callers are often very aggressive and threaten arrest or other consequences if payment is not received immediately.
The Canada Revenue Agency and the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre are both aware of this scam and have posted on their websites numerous recommendations to protect people from this and similar types of fraudulent criminal activity.
Persons suspecting fraudulent activity relating to their taxes are encouraged to report it to:
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
To protect yourself from frauds:
Never take immediate action. Verify that what you are being told is the truth.
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.
For more information about Fraud Scams involving the C.R.A. visit the Canada Revenue Web page at