Just in time for tax season, people in Saskatoon are being warned about another round of scams from people claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Police said they’ve seen an increase in complaints recently about phone calls using “threatening and aggressive language” to bully people into paying a fictitious debt.
In some cases, the victim is told there is a warrant for their arrest.
The particular type of fraud is nothing new, as the scam has been reported for years. However, police said this time, fake CRA representatives have been demanding payment in gift cards.
The victim is then instructed to provide the authorization codes from the gift cards to the suspect.
Police said they wanted to remind people the CRA does not communicate with taxpayers this way, nor does it request payment via gift cards of any kind.
At least two people have reported being defrauded. Anyone who has been a victim of fraud is urged to file a police report online.
To report an attempted fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or by calling 1-888-495-8501.