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Public Safety Alert,
Canada Revenue Agency/Bitcoin Scam

Broadcast time: 14:42
Thursday, April 5, 2018

51 Division

The Toronto Police Service would like to inform the public of an ongoing fraudulent Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) fraud involving Bitcoin.

It is reported that:

- People, who pose as CRA agents, use emails, phone calls and even text messages to get money and personal information from the victims

- often times the suspects make the phone calls seem urgent, and use aggressive language or threats of arrested to scare potential victims into making payments to them

- the victims are instructed to deposit money into Bitcoin Automated Teller Machines

The CRA does not accept Bitcoin as a method of payment. It is also important to know that the legitimate government agencies will never send payment notices or ask for personal information through e-mail, texts or phone calls.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Peter Brady - 51 Division