WINNIPEG – A taxation scam continues to make the rounds in Winnipeg.
Police are following up on an advisory they issued back in July about fraudsters pretending to be with the Canada Revenue Agency contacting people by phone or email.
They try to get your personal information by telling you that you have outstanding taxes.
They’re often aggresive, saying they have the police on the way to your door to arrest you if you don’t pay them immediately.
Also, new Canadians are often targeted, as they are not familiar with our tax or justice system.
They tell you that you can pay your oustanding taxes by purchasing a prepaid credit or gift card, or going to a money transfer business.
Police have some tips to remember:
– The CRA already has your information, and will not call you to get it.
– The CRA will never ask you to buy a gift card or prepaid credit card, or go to a money transfer business.
– If you do get a phone call, contact the CRA with a phone number you can look up to confirm the details.
– Never agree to pay someone like this without researching their validity.
For more information, you can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre: http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.