Tax season brings new wave of tax scams
It’s tax season, which means scammers are on the rise to trick innocent individuals out of their money and their personal information. Tax scams are one of the most reported scams to police.
Here are some of the tactics scammers will use:
- Claim that you have a compromised SIN number.
- Say that you have an outstanding case against you.
- Claim you owe back taxes or have unpaid balances.
- Accuse you of committing a financial crime
- Threaten that if you do not speak to them immediately, you will be arrested, fined, or deported.
These tactics can be sent via phone call, text, mail, or email.
Scammers will also request payment via money service businesses, pre-paid credit/gift cards, or cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.
The OPP and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre reminds residents to not fall for these scams and to keep yourself safe by slowing down, avoiding suspicious links, and never give out personal or sensitive information to people you don’t know – especially if they’re texting or calling from random numbers.
For more information or report a scam please visit The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca or by calling 1-(888)-495-8501.
Ontario to assist with Alberta wildfires
Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry have sent 45 firefighting personnel to assist with fighting the more than 100 wildfires across Alberta.
The province has been experiencing abnormally hot and dry weather with high winds, which has caused wildfires to kindle and spread at an alarming rate.
So far the fires have burned 121,909 hectares of land since Friday, with at least 45 new fires being started and 14 local states of emergency issued. Almost 25,000 residents have been evacuated.
An Ontario Fire Information Officer, Alison Bezubiak, says a majority of the fire rangers sent to Alberta were stationed from across the province – including the Northwest region.
Meanwhile in Northwestern Ontario, there is currently one active wildfire located northwest of Kenora, which is listed as “under control” at 0.3 hectares. Currently the region’s Fire Hazard Rating is low.
International Snowmobile Safety Week 2022: January 15-23 The Ontario Provincial Police has released data that points to a continued disregard for the warnings associated with recurring cause... Read more
Fatal collision near Humboldt kills two people RCMP are investigating a motor vehicle collision that took place on Sunday evening. Officers responded to the report of a crash between a car a... Read more