The Glengarry News

Tax fraud

Scam season: Revenue Canada does not seek iTunes payments

publisher Mar 27, 2018 - 2:30pm

Scammers are very busy this time of year with tax related scams intended to frighten victims and trick you into sending them money, warns the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment.

Fraudsters will claim they are calling from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and that either you owe taxes, or that a refund is due. Their preferred payment form for taxes owed is in iTunes cards, so that is your first clue that something is not right. The CRA would never call you; they always correspond by mail. Secondly, they do not accept payments in the form of iTunes cards. They will also claim you may be arrested immediately if you don't pay today. The police in Canada would never arrest you for not paying taxes.

Should the scammers be telling you a refund is owed, they are trying to get your banking information, claiming they will may a deposit. In fact, they will empty your bank account if you share this information with them.

Protect yourself and your money. Learn more from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501, or online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca