Scam alert

The Glengarry News - - Front Page -

Scam­mers are very busy at 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 them 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, the agency al­ways cor­re­sponds by mail, and se­condly the gov­ern­ment does not ac­cept pay­ments in the form of iTunes cards.

Fraud­sters 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 make 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.ca

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