The Halton Regional Police Service in Canada recently reported that it had seen a new variation of the CRA scam. According to the new scam, potential victims are warned that they have a debt with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). To avoid being jailed the victims are told to visit a local Bitcoin ATM where they should deposit funds into an anonymous crypto wallet.
The residents believe they are paying off their debt and thus avoiding jail terms. To send the funds into the Bitcoin wallet, the residents use their credit cards. Unfortunately, since BTC transactions are irreversible, the residents cannot recover their funds.
People Have Fallen for the Scam
According to a police investigation, one of the BTC wallet addresses being used in the scam has already received funds form 17 victims in 24 hours. The report further states that about $11,900 in BTC were sent to the wallet address in 24 hours. However, the police were not able to determine the origin of the funds. Despite this, they are sure the funds came from victims of the scammers.
The Halton Police Warning
The Halton Regional Police have warned residents not to pay any funds to the CRA scammers. It is reminding them that the tax authorities would never ask anyone to pay their tax debt in Bitcoin or gift cards. Besides that, the first point of contact when dealing with their clients is usually not a phone call. Instead, they send letters or emails.
According to the police, if someone calls claiming to be from the CRA, residents are advised to hang up their phone. Once you do that, you can find the real number of CRA and call them. During the call, you should ask them about the status of your account, which will help to determine if any call you receive was genuine. You must call the number yourself since the scammers have been known to spoof official government numbers to convince their victims they are the real deal.
The police advise those who suspect they are being scammed to contact them immediately.