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Cops warn of income tax fraud

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Brandon Police Service (BRANDON POLICE SERVCE)

Pre-paid credit cards have been used in a local income tax scam that police warn is going around.

A fraudster apparently contacted a local victim and professed to be representing the Canada Revenue Agency. The silver-tongued scammer convinced the victim that he owed money to the government, that he was in breach of various conditions, and that he was misleading a government authority.

It was enough to convince the victim to go to the bank and buy pre-paid credit cards, which the scammer said could be use to make payments over the phone.

Although police were contacted, they say it wasn't until the victim had already given up credit card information. Police didn't say how much money was lost in the scam, but say that it's not the first time banking workers have heard similar stories.

Police say they'd like to remind people that this is not how legitimate agencies and organizations conduct business. People should be suspicious if they are contacted by a person saying they're representing an organization, and if they request personal information, banking information, or some type of financial transaction, that information should never be shared. Concerns should be taken to a local branch or representative of the agency that is purporting to request the information.

Anyone who becomes a victim or attempted victim to this type of crime should report their incident to the Brandon Police Service.

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