by Morinville News Staff
RCMP are warning residents of the Canada Revenue Agency scam once again, pointing out three instances of residents getting burned over the summer.
Police say in June a female received a phone call from a male identifying himself as a police officer who worked for the Canada Revenue Agency. The male advised that she owed the CRA money and to pay she must purchase prepaid Visa cards and provide the card number. The female purchased $5600 worth of prepaid credit cards and provided the information to the male over the phone.
In early July another female victim who passed over $3,000 in Itunes gift cards to the male over the phone.
Last Friday, a male received an email from what appeared to be the Canada Revenue Agency stating there was a refund available. The male clicked on the link and provided his banking information and social insurance number. The male immediately realized it was a scam and contacted his bank and no money was lost.
Closer to home, Morinville News received a report from a reader Monday evening of the same scam.
The email read: “Interac e-Transfer service, on behalf of Canada Tax sent you money.”
The Morinville News reader was offered $458 and felt the amount looked real. Fortunately, they did not fall for the scam.
Police offer the following guidelines to prevent being a victim of a CRA scam and other financial scams:
The CRA will not request payments by prepaid credit cards or Itunes gift cards.
The CRA will not leave personal information on an answering
Never provide personal information through the Internet or by email. The CRA does not ask you to provide personal information by email.
Be careful before you click on links in any email you receive. Some criminals may be using a technique known as phishing to steal your personal information when you click on the link.
Protect your social insurance number. Don’t use it as a piece of ID and never reveal it to anyone unless you are certain the person asking for it is legally entitled to that information.
Shred unwanted documents or store them in a secure place. Make sure that documents with your name and SIN are secure.
For more information on scams contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or toll free at 1-888-495-8501. If you believe you may be the victim of fraud or have given personal or financial information unwittingly, contact the Strathcona County RCMP Detachment at 780-467-7741.