There is a new variation of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam that is going digital.
In the updated version of the scam, victims are being told that they have an outstanding debt with the CRA and in order to avoid arrest, they’re being directed to local “Bitcoin” ATM machines to deposit cash funds into anonymous digital wallets.
A Halton, Ont. Regional Police investigation uncovered 17 deposits had been made in one 24-hour period, resulting in close to $12,000 USD.
Police remind the public that the Revenue Agency would never ask for payment to be made through gift cards or Bitcoin and would never use the phone as a first point of contact when dealing with clients.
Read more at Halton Police
This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.