Wednesday August 9, 2017 – CRA scam strikes again as local woman pays fictitious debt in iTunes gift cards

Calls for Service:
(Aug. 8 at 8 a.m. to Aug. 9 at 8 a.m.) 72

Fraud Alert:
The Peterborough Police Service warns residents that the Canada Revenue Agency phone scam continues to circulate in our area.

On August 8, 2017 the victim, a 30-year-old woman, received a phone call from someone she believed to be from the CRA. She was instructed by the scammer to buy $400 in iTunes gifts cards, which she then purchased from a local drug store.

The victim then gave all of the access numbers for the gift cards to the scammers. The victim also advised that she sent them a picture of her health card as requested.

The Peterborough Police Service reminds residents that the CRA does not accept gift cards as payment and that personal information should never be given out over the phone unless you can verify the caller’s identification.

If you receive a scam call from someone pretending to be from the CRA do the following:

  • Do not take any immediate action
  • Hang up and verify the information. Call a trusted family member, friend, or your bank to get a second opinion on the call.
  • Verify the caller’s ID and the request by calling the CRA directly at 1-800-959-8281
  • Verify the status of your account by either going online Canada Revenue Agency or by calling the CRA at 1-800-959-8281
  • Remember, the CRA will never threaten arrest or send police.

The CRA does not request payment either by prepaid credit cards or gift cards.

To report a scam, please call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Toll Free at 1-888-495-8501.

If you have been a victim of a scam, meaning you have provided personal information and/or given money, please call the Peterborough Police Service’s non-emergency line at 705-876-1122.