Trevor Halliday, Maple Ridge, B. C., has recently been a victim of a scam after a con artist stole her identity and opened a bank account in his name.
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He and his wife, Joanne, said they were shocked when they discovered a Tangerine bank card in the mail one day, with her name on it.
“We open the e-mail and see the card customer of a bank account, we do not have open [and did not] in the face of this bank in any way, shape or form,” Joanne said.
When the couple contacted the bank, they said, they said that the card was linked to a fraudulent account.
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A call to the Canada Revenue Agency has revealed a con-artist had also applied for the LSC, in Halliday’s name, and the checks were deposited directly to the fake Mandarin account.
The Hallidays have both worked in the course of the pandemic and did not apply the taxable benefit.
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“We were very worried about it,” Joanne said. “How many have they gotten? We are going to have to pay again? How can we prove that it was not we?
“We’ve got to get things stopped here.”
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The couple said that they had received little information from the Tangerine and the ARC. The field of consumption has reached the Mandarin and received the following reply:
“As Mr. Halliday was not a Tangerine client, its [Social Insurance Number] has never been in our possession. In some cases, if the identity of a person is compromised by a third party, it can be used to help create a bank account.
“In Mr. Halliday case, one of our existing protections alerted him, and he has done the right thing by contacting us, at which point we took immediate action and closed the account.”
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The Canada Revenue Agency has said that it has seen a number of different scams of all those who seek to exploit the public’s anxiety around the pandemic.
“The CRA has designed the ICL, the application of the certification process database. This is similar to the approach used in the filing fee, in which individuals testify to the information they provide when they file their taxes, and the CRA can verify this information at a later date,” spokesman Christopher Doody said.
Still, Halliday said he was left with more questions than answers. He and his wife hopes that her story to remind people to be extra vigilant.
“If you have not made a request of the LSC, or if you have not received your CERB cheques, you should be monitoring,” Joanne said.
“We would not have been able to find this until the next tax season had this card does not come to our address.”
If you are the victim of fraud, contact your local police service and the canadian anti-fraud Centre. For more information on what victims can do, visit: http://antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/scams-fraudes/victim-victime-eng.htm
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