Barrie police caution area residents about bogus CRA calls

A familiar scam involving bogus Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) contacts appears to be making the rounds in the Barrie area, and police caution residents to be wary as it has claimed more victims.
This scam is known to be presented in a number of different ways, but usually involves receiving a call over the phone and being told money is owed as a result of a recent review done on a tax return, and that failing to pay it will result in your arrest by your local police service, police report.
The caller will then, in great detail, identify a means by which  the under-payment, or in some cases the over-payment, can be paid back. If at anytime during a phone call such as this you hear the terms Google Play Cards or Bitcoin, police are strongly encouraging residents to hang up as this is often the means by which the fraudsters will try to obtain payment.
If you are ever in doubt about the validity of a call that you receive that sounds like this, it is best to hang up and reach out to your nearest CRA office.
For additional information on fraud or to report an incident involving this type of scam, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or http://www.antifraudcentre.ca

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