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February 12, 2016

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Public Advisory – Taxation Scam

With tax season upon us, the Winnipeg Police Service has recently seen an increase in the number of fraud related reports, specifically those which involve a phone call from an unknown individual indicating that taxes are owed.

The basic scam involves the suspect calling the victim and claiming to be an associate with Taxation Canada and that a large sum of money is owed in taxes. The victim is requested to make payment in the form of gift cards in order to clear up the fictitious outstanding amount.

Members of the public are encouraged not to engage these callers or send payment in this form.

The Commercial Crime Unit has been notified and encourages all members of the public to discuss this scam with their elderly family members or those individuals who they feel may be susceptible to this type of scam and/or pressure tactics.

For more information regarding fraud protection and reporting, please go to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at: http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm


Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer

Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

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E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca

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