May 8, 2015 – CBC News’ article ‘Fraudsters net thousands in Edmonton with immigration scam, police warn’ is urging residents to be cautious of a new scam circulating in Edmonton.

“Edmonton police say several members of city’s Indo-Canadian community, and other recent immigrants, have been targets of the same scam, which threatens people with deportation if they don’t hand over thousands of dollars.

Police have received numerous reports about the scam, which appears to have started in April.

Like Chotai, complainants reported they have been called by people who claim to work with Canada Revenue Agency, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Immigration Canada or the police.

The fraudulent callers tell people they have not filed their taxes properly, or have not registered as immigrants. The fraudsters then make threats about possible arrest warrants, jail time, loss of immigration status and deportation…

(con’t) The scammers tell people to buy PayPower Visa prepaid cards or gift cards in various amounts. Police say gift cards have been purchased from retailers around Edmonton, including grocery stores and gas stations.

The victims are then told to provide the information from the back of the gift cards to the fraudsters over the phone.”

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