Outlook RCMP Warn of New Phone Scam

Fraudsters claim to represent Canada Revenue Agency

Outlook RCMP are warning the public about a new phone scam that has already been targeting residents of Outlook and the surrounding area.

Sgt. Mark Langager says a string of scams are taking place that are asking people to make payments over the phone using the App Store on one's smartphone, as well as iTunes gift cards in order to pay for things such as taxes, debt collection, hospital & utility bills, and even charitable donations.  The scammers targeting Outlook and area usually pose as someone from the Canada Revenue Agency.

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Police want to remind the public that the App Store and iTunes gift cards can only be used to purchase goods and services on the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, for an Apple Music subscription, or for iCloud storage.

If you're approached to use these cards for any sort of payment outside of these services, then you are most likely the target of a scam.

The reason why scammers ask for iTunes gift cards is that the codes are difficult to trace.  Once they obtain the codes, they can resell them to get money.

If you aren't completely sure whether you're the target of this or any other scam, you're asked to immediately report it to the Outlook RCMP.

If you are the victim of this fraud, please report this to the RCMP or contact Apple Support.

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