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Scammers threaten of jail time if victims don t pay unsuspecting bill or tax with pre-paid visas

Author: ITS

Posted on Jul 22, 2015

Category: General Interest

Scammers are at it again, this time posing as the “tax man” or even a police officer, calling and threatening victims to pay a bill, or face jail time. As an added twist, the fraudsters only accept payment from pre-paid visas, making it quick and easy for them to steal money from unsuspecting victims.cash grab

Just how ruthless are these scammers? Some will pretend to be a police officer and tell you a loved one has been in a car accident, demanding you pay a fine for negligence or face jail time. Others will claim to be calling from the Tax Agency and demand payment or, once again, spend time behind bars.

At the beginning of 2014, scammers stole over $3 million dollars from Canadians using this method of fraud. Although it may seem like an easy scam to spot, these fraudsters can be very elusive and uncover information about you to use in their favour, such as taxes or fines you may owe.

Don’t get caught up in these scams. Always check with trusted sources if you receive a mysterious phone call demanding payment immediately.