RCMP warn of CRA iTunes scam

Canada Revenue Agency has no interest in iTunes cards – several local people have been contacted by scammers

  • Jul. 14, 2016 7:00 a.m.
Several local people have been contacted by scammers pretending to work for the Canada Revenue Agency

Several local people have been contacted by scammers pretending to work for the Canada Revenue Agency

Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP are reminding the public that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has no interest in iTunes cards after several local people have been contacted by scammers pretending to work for the CRA.

In the latest rendition of this scam, a person is contacted by phone and told that they owe thousands of dollars to the CRA and threatened with jail if they don’t provide the money. They are instructed to buy iTunes cards, activate them and provide the codes to the fraudsters.

“You cannot pay your taxes in iTunes cards,” said Cons. Jocelyn Noseworthy. “If you are contacted by someone claiming to be with Canada Revenue Agency, hang up, and contact CRA yourself directly. NEVER give anyone money or cards in a situation like this. It is a scam.”

If you received a scam phone call but did not become victimized, simply hang up your phone; you do not need to contact your local police department.

For more information about this and other frauds, visit http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm or call 1-888-495-8501.