Spike in tax, lottery and romance scams: What you need to know

Police north of Toronto are warning residents about “a variety” frauds that have been reported in recent weeks. Investigators are urging residents to be cautious sharing personal information.

See Full Article

Here’s a roundup of the three scams you should be aware of, according to police:

Tax fraudsters posing as cops

Police say there’s been a recent spike in reports of tax-related scams where suspected fraudsters posing as police officers make contact with victims by phone or email.

The fraudsters advise the victim that they have an overdue amount of taxes to pay, and if they don’t, they will be arrested.

In some cases, police say, the fraudsters have been able to access software to alter their phone numbers to make it appear as if they are calling from a police phone line.

Investigators are reminding residents that York Regional Police does not engage in tax collection of any type, and don’t arrest individuals in relation to overdue taxes.

Any concerns about the possibility of overdue taxes should be confirmed with Canada Revenue Agency directly.

Lottery scam

Police say they are also seeing an increase in lottery scams advising consumers, via email and personalized letters, that they have won a jackpot.

Individuals should be aware that lotteries do not notify winners by email, and don’t tell winners to call a mobile phone number, ask for fees up front (such as taxes or a deposit), or tell you to keep the winnings secret.

“If it seems too good to be true, it almost always is,” police say.

Romance scams

In this type of scam, the perpetrator creates a false dating profile and use a number of tactics to build trust and relationships with victims, police say.

“These relationships often progress very quickly to an emotional point where the victim is so invested in the relationship that they feel compelled to help when the suspect begins to ask for money,” investigators say.

Due to the volume of online romance scams being reported, police have released two videos: one features a fraud victim telling her story. The other features tips on how to prevent online dating fraud.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Russia warns Syrian-Kurdish YPG must pull back or face Turkish army

    World News CBC News
    Russia warned Syrian-Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) forces on Wednesday they face further armed conflict with Turkey if they fail to comply with a Russian-Turkish accord calling for their withdrawal from the entire length of Syria's northeastern border with Turkey. Source
  • Once considered a pest, Alberta's official fish is now under threat

    Canada News CBC News
    For decades bull trout would be removed from a fishing line and left to rot in the sun. Alberta anglers considered the once-abundant fish as unwanted predators, feeding on more favoured trout species such as brook trout and brown trout. Source
  • Boeing quarterly profit drops 53% as Max grounding takes heavy toll

    World News CBC News
    Boeing Co cut production of its flagship Dreamliner and delayed the arrival of a successor to its 777 mini-jumbo, piling new pressures on a rejigged senior management team as the continued safety grounding of its 737 Max sliced third-quarter profits. Source
  • Has the Harry and Meghan photo in the Queen's reception room disappeared?

    World News CTV News
    TORONTO -- A framed photo of Prince Harry and Meghan appears to have been removed from a table in Queen Elizabeth II’s Buckingham Palace reception room, as questions continue to swirl about a possible rift within the Royal Family. Source
  • Body of missing Alabama girl found at a landfill; 2 being charged

    World News CTV News
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Investigators searching through garbage found the body of a 3-year-old girl who was missing more than a week, and authorities are charging two people with murder, police said Tuesday. Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith told a news conference that the remains of Kamille McKinney were located in a trash bin that had been taken to a landfill. Source
  • Google says it has achieved 'quantum supremacy' computing milestone

    World News CBC News
    Google said it has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing research, saying an experimental quantum processor has completed a calculation in just a few minutes that would take a traditional supercomputer thousands of years. The findings, published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature, show that "quantum speedup is achievable in a real-world system and is not precluded by any hidden physical laws," the researchers wrote. Source
  • Iraq violated human rights in protest crackdowns that left 149 dead, UN report finds

    World News CBC News
    Iraqi authorities committed serious human rights violations and abuses in their response to a wave of anti-government protests earlier this month that saw 149 civilians killed, the United Nations said. In a report by its Human Rights Office published late on Monday, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said there was evidence security forces had used excessive force against protesters and made mass arrests. Source
  • Indian troops kill 3 senior Kashmiri militants

    World News CTV News
    SRINAGAR, India -- Indian forces have killed a top militant commander and his two associates in a counterinsurgency operation in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said Wednesday. Hamid Lelhari and his associates were killed Tuesday evening in a gunfight that erupted after Indian security forces launched a counterinsurgency operation in southern Awantipora area, said Dilbagh Singh, chief of police in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Source
  • Online name calling between Alberta, N.L. an unexpected post-election fallout 

    Canada News CBC News
    Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador have a lot in common, including a shared economic reliance on oil, but the comments of social media users took on a disturbing twist after Monday night's federal election. In Newfoundland and Labrador, six of the seven seats went to Liberal incumbents; in Alberta, voters chose Conservative candidates in all but one of its 34 ridings, shutting out the Liberals. Source
  • Norway downplays terror fears over injury to toddlers

    World News CTV News
    COPENHAGEN -- Norway's domestic security agency says early investigations into the injury of two toddlers in a stroller on an Oslo sidewalk by a man driving a stolen ambulance "doesn't look like a terrorist incident. Source