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Police warn about tax scam

By: Staff Writer

Posted: 04/2/2018 10:30 AM

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Steinbach RCMP say they are once again getting a high number of reports of local residents receiving calls from Revenue Canada about unpaid taxes that must be paid immediately or an arrest warrant will be issued.

The caller asks for payment through different methods such as a Money Transfer via Money Gram, Western Union, financial institutions or through the purchase of iTune cards, Visa or Mastercards cards, and lately, police said, via Bitcoins.

Police advise that if anyone receives such a call, they should immediately hang up. Voice mails with similar messaging should also be ignored. Revenue Canada contacts individuals via mail with a notice of payment.

Anyone who has suffered financial loss, can report it police. Anyone who has not provided personal information or suffered a financial loss, is encouraged to call directly to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

To verify a call or email, contact the CRA at 1-800-959-8281 or login into the CRA's website with the My Account Service.


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