Toronto police have laid nine charges in connection to an income tax-related scam that targeted victims in Ontario and Alberta.
People were called by someone purporting to be from the Canada Revenue Agency, police say. The caller told the victims they owed income tax and would face jail time if payments were not immediately made.
Those who agreed to pay sent the funds through a direct bank transfer.
Abhi Thakkar, 20, of no fixed address, has been charged with fraud over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime, and laundering proceeds of crime.
Police believe there may be more victims outside Ontario and Alberta. They are urging victims to contact 416-808-4300, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Police are advising anyone who has had a similar experience to ask for a callback number and independently verify the request, especially if the caller is requesting secrecy. If you are unsure of the nature of the call, contact your local police service or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.