Sunday, February 18, 2018

E-Watch - 2018-02-18


Winnipeg Police Service E-Watch: A Crime Prevention Education & Awareness Initiative

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Crime Prevention Tip

Winnipeg Police Service would like to inform you of a prevalent scam making its way around.

Canada Revenue Agency Scam involving Steam Cards, ITunes Cards, Bitcoins and Money Transfer Services.


•  Get a call claiming to be from CRA, advising there is a warrant out for your arrest or  one will be issues as you owe back taxes

•  Scammers use the "urgency and scare tack" saying act now or you will be arrested

•  Victims are then instructed to attend stores: Walmart, Superstore, Mac Store, Safeway, Red-River Co-op, and Sobeys.

•  Victims purchase the Steam Cards and/or ITunes card and provide scammers with key numbers.

•  On some occasions victims are provided with diversion lines just in case someone questions the purchases

•  Scammers stay on the line key numbers are verified. Out of fear of being arrested victims do not hang up.


•    CRA does not put out warrants for any individuals' arrest

•    If you listen to a voicemail claiming to be CRA, do not call back using call back feature. You can contact the office directly by calling CRA listed customer service number.

•    CRA will not advise you to clear your debt using gift cards

•    Resist the urge to ACT NOW!

•    Make sure you confirm whatever information you have received from someone claiming to be your bank or CRA

•    Never give out any personal information including your name, correct spelling of your name, DOB, address, SIN number or banking information.

•    Report all Fraud incidents to your local police.

•    Choose your tax preparer carefully! Make sure you choose someone you trust and check their references

•    Caller ID is a useful function. However, the information displayed can be altered by criminals. Never use only the displayed information to confirm the identity of the caller whether it is an individual, a company or a government entity.
If you become a victim please call: Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or by calling 1-888-495-8501 and your local police.

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