Peterborough man out $2,400 after falling victim to CRA scam

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The Peterborough Police Service warns residents about the Canada Revenue Agency fraud after a local man was scammed out of $2,400.

On June 27, 2017, the victim received a phone call from someone pretending to be with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The fake CRA representative told the victim he owed $3,500 and if he did not pay it by that afternoon his assets would be seized and they would come and arrest him.

Believing the threats to be real, the victim then made five money transfers totalling $2,400 using Flexpin, a money wiring service. The victim then called back the number and provided the fake CRA agent with the security PIN’s to release the money. The phone number the victim called is a Miami, Florida-based number.

In August of 2016, the Peterborough Police Service launched a postcard prevention campaign aimed at spreading the message about the CRA scam along with other common frauds. (See images attached).

We continue to caution residents that these scammers can be extremely assertive and aggressive.

If you receive a scam call from someone pretending to be from the CRA do the following:

  • Do not take any immediate action
  • It’s okay to hang up. Call a trusted family member, friend, or your bank to get a second opinion on the call.
    Ask yourself: Is it really safe to transfer money to someone I do not know?
  • Verify the caller’s ID and the request by calling the CRA directly at 1-800-959-8281
  • Verify the status of your account by either going online or calling the CRA at 1-800-959-8281

Remember, the CRA will never threaten arrest or send police.

To report a scam, please call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Toll Free at 1-888-495-8501.

If you have been a victim of a scam, meaning you have provided personal information and/or given money, please call the Peterborough Police Service’s non-emergency line at 705-876-1122.

For more information please visit the  Canada Revenue Agency Fraud Prevention