CRA Scam goes Digital: Police issue Warning

CRA Scam goes Digital: Police issue Warning
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Detective Barry Malciw

Detective Barry Malciw

Detective Barry Malciw was the Media Relations Officer for the Halton Regional Police Services. He is a detective of the Halton Regional Police Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau – Robbery Team.

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In the last week Halton Regional Police Service have ​seen another variation of the commonly known CRA scam.

Victims are being told that they have outstanding debt with the CRA (Canadian Revenue Agency) and in order to avoid arrest they are now being directed to local “BITCOIN” ATM machines to deposit cash funds into anonymous digital wallets, thinking that they are paying off the alleged debt and avoiding arrest. Bitcoin is known as digital cash which can be bought and sold using international currency valuations with little to no oversight. Transactions into Bitcoin are done using credit cards.

Investigation into one such digital wallet revealed that 17 deposits had been made in one 24hr period, with an equivalent amount being $11,900 dollars USA. The source of all these deposits is not known, but police suspect they are all victims to fraud related scams.

The Halton police would like to again warn the public about the CRA scam and remind them that the CRA would never ask for payment to be made through gift cards or Bitcoin and would never use the phone as a first point of contact when dealing with clients.

If contacted by the CRA in such a manor police recommend hanging up the phone, and if in any doubt to source the true number for the CRA and make your own enquiries about the status of your account. Do not call the caller back on any phone numbers that they themselves have provided you.

Members of the public who may have been a victim of a CRA Scam are asked to contact the Halton Regional Police 905-825-4747 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800 222-TIPS (8477), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637.

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