Peel regional police are reminding the public to wary of ongoing phone scams carried out by callers posing as agents for Canada revenue or immigration Canada.
Callers indicate a tax audit has been conducted and outstanding taxes are owed or, in case of immigration Canada, outstanding fees are due to correct information on an application.
In both cases, the caller makes threats that a warrant of the victim’s arrest is outstanding and will be executed if payment is not made immediately. The caller will go on to provide very specific payment instructions which may involve making western union or money gram transfers, sending bank transfers, buying prepaid credits cards or iTunes cards.
Victims have also been instructed to wire funds overseas. In some other cases according to the police, taxis have been sent to victims homes to take them to western union or financial institutions.
Police reminds the public that real government officials would not contact them directly and demand money in exchange for securing citizenship status and the government does not accept payments via western union, MoneyGram, prepaid credit cards, iTunes cards or ask that payments be wired overseas. The public is advised to verify what they are being told and be aware fraudsters can manipulate call displays or provide real government agency contact numbers in order to appear legit.
Do not verify information using a number provided by the caller. Use only phone numbers provided on the government of Canada official website only.
To learn more visit the Canadian anti-fraud centre website at antifraudcentre.ca.
DO NOT FALL VICTIMS!!