Edmonton police are getting fifty calls a day, alerting them to bogus Canada Revenue Agency fraud attempts that would have you pay off a tax debt, buy purchasing iTunes cards.
Investigators say some elderly victims are out thousands of dollars.
One elderly man purchased $14,000 worth of iTunes cards, and an elderly woman spent $22,000 in two installments.
Detective Bill Allen says they’re not only trying to get the word out to individuals this is a scam, but to store employees as well about this unusual behavior.
“When you talk to management, they don’t understand how their employees could have missed something like that,” remarked Allen. “Well, it has to be clear policies. They have to be policies that are in place across the country. Edmonton isn’t the only place where we have seniors falling victim and utilizing this type of payment scheme.”
A Canada Revenue Agency spokesman says what makes the situation believable when it isn’t, is the scam artists will use technology that makes a CRA phone number appear on your call display when they phone. (sj/td)