July 14, 2016 - 2:34 PM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Immigrants to Canada are the newest target for scammers.
Imitation Immigration Officers are calling or emailing people and demanding payment in iTunes gift cards, according to a Kamloops RCMP press release. People receiving the calls are threatened with deportation if they don’t cough up payment.
The RCMP relate this crime to the usual Canada Revenue Agency scams reported in the past.
Police are warning people not to pay for any service or product with an iTunes gift card, and are reminding people Immigration Officers don’t have the power to deport people without specific procedures. They ask that scammers be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
Meanwhile, Vernon RCMP are reporting a similar scam. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy says several local people have been contacted lately and told they owe thousands of dollars to the Canada Revenue Agency. They are threatened with jail time and instructed to buy iTunes cards and provide the caller with the codes.
"You cannot pay your taxes in iTunes cards," Noseworthy says. "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, Noseworthy says.
For more information about this and other frauds, click here or call 1-888-495-8501.
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