Police say an Ontario man has lost nearly $40,000 to a con artist who claimed to be a tax collector with the Canada Revenue Agency.
Ontario Provincial Police say the Bruce Peninsula resident was called by someone referring to themselves as “Mike Jones” who told the victim he was being audited and owed the CRA a large amount of money.
They say the victim was threatened and sent the money — totalling $38,600 — in the form of money transfers to six different people, all in the United States.
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Police identified those recipients as Aaron Bamhna from Reno, Nevada; Bobby Takia from Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Asdil Dsouza from Reno, Nevada; Calvin Hardy from Austin, Texas; Ronny Kluman from Las Vegas, Nevada; and Rennision Lara from Las Vegas, Nevada.
OPP say their Bruce Peninsula detachment has received several complaints about similar scams, which see residents threatened with criminal charges if they don’t fork over the money.
They say the CRA will never call and demand money, credit card or online-banking information.