Members of the DRPS Fraud Unit are receiving one report every other day from someone who has sent money to scammers in the form of iTunes gift cards. These frauds include the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Scam, the Grandparent Scam and the Immigration Scam.
On June 14, 2016, an Ajax male reported that he sent more than $10,000 to scammers after his elderly mother received an aggressive phone call from someone claiming to be with the CRA.
On June 20, 2016, an elderly female in Ajax received a call from a would-be lawyer, claiming her daughter was under arrest in Ottawa and she need to forward $3,000 to pay for her release. Staff at a local store, where she went to buy the iTunes cards, tried to alert her to the scam. Fortunately, she determined it was a scam after sending only $200.
Police are asking retailers to report suspicious transactions, especially when a vulnerable person is involved.
DRPS has released an information poster and encourage retailers and financial institutions to display this warning to their customers and to serve as a reminder to their staff.
Anyone wishing to report a fraud in Durham Region is asked to contact Durham Regional Police at 1-888-579-1520.