Canada Winnipeg police issue warning about phone scammers pretending to be criminal investigators
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Calls about taxes that appear to come from the Winnipeg police non-emergency line from someone claiming to be a criminal investigator are actually a scam, the Winnipeg Police Service says.
Victims have been told that money is owed to the Canada Revenue Agency and an investigation is underway, Winnipeg police said in a new release.
In some calls, people are told to dial the Winnipeg Police Service non-emergency line at 204-986-622 to confirm an investigation is happening. When victims dial that number, they are made to believe they've started a new call, when really the scammer is still on the line.
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In other cases, caller ID spoofing makes it look like the call is coming from the Winnipeg Police Service non-emergency line.
The scammer then pretends to be a police officer and tries to get the victim to transfer them a significant amount of money, the news release said.
The Canada Revenue Agency will never demand immediate payment by Interac, e-transfer, bitcoin, pre-paid credit cards or other gift cards, police said.
They also want to remind people not to assume phone numbers appearing on call display screens are accurate.
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