Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) urge residents to beware of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam in which someone, claiming to be a representative from the CRA, calls and informs you that you owe the government money and that payment has to be made immediately or else a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
On January 26, 2016 a Township of Chatsworth resident received one of these phone calls and subsequently provided the person with her credit card information to make an $800 payment. The scammer then suggested that they continue to make payments of $200 a month for 7.5 months to clear their debt. The victim realized she’d been scammed and immediately cancelled her credit card and called police.
On January 27, 2016 a Municipality of Meaford resident received a similar phone call and disclosed personal banking information to the person before realizing it was a scam. The bank was immediately notified of the details and no monies were exchanged.
Grey County OPP doesn’t want anyone to get scammed by this or any other type of scam, so remember, DO NOT disclose any personal, including financial, information to anyone you don’t know and trust.
The CRA is aware of these scams. To learn more, visit:
For more information on fraud, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit their website at http://www.antifraudcentre.ca.