The Glengarry News


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

New scam alerts

publisher Feb 13, 2018 - 10:28am

Be wary of the old tax fraud scam.

A local woman advises she received a bogus phone call warning her that she was facing tax fraud charges.

She was given a phone number that is linked to a fraud ring.

Another scheme has someone posing as a retailer who alerts a consumer his or her credit card account has been compromised. The victim is then told to call 911, as well as his or her financial institution, to report the fraud, but when the target hangs up, the person is unaware the call is not disconnected.

Police say the victims are then led to believe they made an outgoing call and are speaking to authorities. 

The victims are then told to go to their banking institution to transfer funds into a different account which is supposedly intended to safeguard their funds. The victim has in fact received these instructions from the original fraudster.

Scam alert

publisher Jan 23, 2017 - 11:54am

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has seen a significant decrease in the amount of losses attributed to the CRA scam, following a large number of arrests conducted by authorities at a number of "call centres" in India. The fraudsters are attempting to re-engage victims who have previously lost money to the CRA scam.

The following is an actual quote from an email sent to a victim: "We are happy to help you with our services. As you have already paid a huge amount of money to various scammers. Based on your background verification and as per your discussion with our senior management personnel Mr. David Carter, we are pleased to pay you CAD 97000 dollars. This is to inform you that the above amount will be given to you in four equal installments on the payment of nominal documentation fees which is 4.9% of CAD 97000$ which is equal to CAD 4753 dollar. This is a one time payment of the documentation charges which shall be collected at your door step by our representative. On receiving the said fees, we shall release your first installment cheque worth CAD 24250 dollars within 48 hours. If you have any queries you can reach us via email or you can call our management personnel whose details are as under. Mr David Carter".

Many victims never report these incidents to the police. If you or a family member has fallen victim to this fraud, please report to your local police service, as well as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. You have two ways to make a report to the CAFC: either by phone at 1-888-495-8501 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) or through their online reporting tool at http://www.antifraudcentre-…/index-eng.htm

Fraud foiled

richard Jul 23, 2015 - 7:42am

Mel Watt was skeptical when he received an e-mail from someone purporting to be a Canada Revenue Agency employee. The sender allegedly had a pleasant surprise for the Alexandria man. “The e-mail said I was entitled to a tax refund,” relates Mr. Watt. He ignored the message. “It sounded too good to be true,” says Mr. Watt, who foiled the fraudster.
Read about it in the July 22 edition of The Glengarry News.

Lottery scam alert

richard Jul 8, 2015 - 11:11am

Beware of the lottery scam.
The warning is being issued by the Ontario Provincial Police after a North Dundas man alerted the OPP when he was asked to send a fee after allegedly “winning” a lottery.
Lottery scams and other prize fraud schemes now rank second highest in terms of the number of mass marketing fraud complaints, and fourth in terms of dollar losses reported by victims.
If you have been approached to pay a fee to claim a lottery or other type of prize, contact your local police service or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at
Never send money to anybody you don’t know and trust.
Don’t provide personal banking details to anyone that you do not know and trust.
Examine all of the terms and conditions of any offer very carefully. Claims of free or very cheap offers often have hidden costs. Calls to premium rate phone numbers or premium text messages can be very expensive.
Ask yourself, “Did I willingly enter this contest?”

Scam alert

richard Jul 6, 2015 - 4:00pm

Beware of another telephone scam. A local man received a call from someone purporting to be calling on behalf of VISA, offering a discounted interest rate. The caller knew the man's first name but then proceeded to ask for other details, such as his credit card number. After refusing to divulge the information, the man called police.

Scam alert

richard May 29, 2015 - 1:52pm

Chamber Warns of Energy Scam
The Cornwall Chamber of Commerce is issuing a warning about a potential scam. It has received calls from area citizens who report being visited by someone claiming that government regulations have changed with respect to heating and hot water systems.
A local consumer contacted the Chamber to report that an individual arrived at her door and told her he must see her heating and hot water equipment. He then told her the equipment was, in his words, ‘illegal’ and attempted to have her sign a contract to have new equipment installed.
“This company representative indicated there had been government regulatory changes with respect to her equipment,” states Chamber Executive Manager, Lezlie Strasser. “This is simply not the case. The Ontario Energy Board does not operate in that manner and when contacted, the OEB advised the Chamber it does not enact regulations for heating and hot water systems nor does it call on consumers in their homes.”