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Bonnyville Woman Loses Thousands in CRA Scam

A 69 year old Bonnyville woman has been swindled out of nearly 6000 dollars in iTunes gift cards after falling victim to an aggressive CRA scam.

The woman was called multiple times by a man claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency.  The woman reported that when she was contacted by the scammer her call display showed the calls coming from the CRA, 911 and an Ontario number. The resident was bullied by the scammer who told her that if she did not pay that she would be arrested by the RCMP. From there he told the woman to purchase iTunes cards and call him back with the serial numbers and activation codes. The woman went to two gas stations and bought 5,900 dollars in cards, called him back and supplied the information.

The Bonnyville RCMP is reminding residents that the CRA does not in fact accept iTunes cards as a valid method of payment. Store clerks and owners who see someone buying large amounts of prepaid cards are asked to be mindful and contact the police if they feel something suspicious is happening.

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