WATCH: After more victims lose thousands of dollars Saanich Police are once again warning the public about scammers pretending to be with the Canada Revenue Agency
Over the past several weeks Saanich Police have received numerous reports of what is known as the ‘CRA’ scam.
Fraudsters contact victims by phone and say they owe the government money.
The caller then threatens the victim with court action or jail time if they don’t pay immediately.
In the two most recent cases the fraudster directed the victims to purchase iTunes gift cards in the amount they ‘owed’.
In one case the victim lost close to $10,000 and in the other case the victim lost $3,000.
“The CRA will never call someone and threaten anyone. Their normal way of communication is via registered mail and that’s how they will inform you that you owe money to the CRA, or if you’ve signed up for an online service then they may contact you via email,” said Saanich Police Sergeant Jereme Leslie.
He said when in doubt call the Canada Revenue Agency or report the suspicious activity to police.