Canada Revenue Agency Scam 

(Bradford/Innisfil, ON) South Simcoe Police Service is warning the public that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam has surfaced again in our communities.

In the most recent case, the victim received calls from a fraudster claiming there was a warrant out for the victim’s arrest. The victim was asked to provide personal and financial information. CRA scams come in many forms – over the phone, by e-mail, or by text message. In all cases, the caller or sender poses as an agent from the CRA in an attempt to gather personal information or intimidate a victim into providing financial payment. High pressure tactics are used to catch victims off guard.

Watch out for these bogus claims by phone scammers posing as CRA agents:

that you owe money to the CRA and will be arrested if you do not pay immediately

that a lawsuit has been filed against you by the CRA

that a warrant of arrest has already been issued under your name

that you will be deported if you do not pay the money demanded

other similar threats to get you to share your personal tax information and/or pay money

Another red flag is when fraudsters demand payment with gift cards or Bitcoin. We urge you to hang up immediately if there’s anything suspicious about the call. Trust your gut. The CRA will never threaten you with immediate arrest, use abusive language, send police or demand payment by the above mentioned methods.

For additional information on fraud or to report an incident involving this type of scam, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 visit http://www.antifraudcentre.ca. 

New Cannabis Regulations 

(Bradford/Innisfil, ON) On the one year anniversary of the legalization of cannabis in Canada, South Simcoe Police Service wants the public to be aware of new regulations coming into effect today regarding cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals.

The products are now legal for those 19 years or age and older and will available in Ontario by mid-December at the earliest through licensed retailers or online from the Ontario Cannabis Store. Driving under the influence of drugs is impaired driving and has the same criminal consequences as being impaired by alcohol. With cannabis edibles becoming available soon, we want to remind consumers to store products safely and out of the reach of children and youth.

On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to 59 calls for service.

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