Halton Regional Police Service is reminding the public that the commonly known “CRA scam” is still very much alive and active. In the recent weeks, two separate victims in the region have both fallen pray to this scam and suffered a total loss of $9,000 dollars.
In the latest version of this scam, the fraudster is threatening arrest of the victim for money due to Revenue Canada. The fraudster is now asking the victims to make payment using I-Tunes gift cards and directing the victims to several locations in order to purchase the cards.
Halton Regional Police Service are reminding the public that the Canada Revenue Agency would never act in this manner and certainly would never accept I-Tunes gift cards as a form of payment.
The police would also like to request that the vendors of these types of cards remain vigilant to large purchases of I-Tunes gift cards and to initiate a conversation with the buyer to ensure they are not being defrauded.
In one of the more recent cases an alert employee at a Rexall Pharmacy in Hamilton prevented a victim from purchasing an additional $3,000 dollars’ worth of cards. Unfortunately the victim had already previously transferred $3000 dollars of cards purchased at two other stores prior to being stopped by the alert employee. – CINEWS