Scam callers claiming to be Tarion persist during pandemic

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Fraudsters on the hunt for personal banking information continue to call up homeowners and claim they work for Tarion Warranty Corporation. In some cases, the scammers are insisting to speak with the homeowners.

Tarion flagged the issue last June when it first came to light. Homeowners on the receiving end of the phone calls were offered tax refunds and asked for banking information.

As Tarion mentioned in a previous press release, the organization calling may identify itself as Tarion, a home warranty company or the ‘Ontario governing body that provides warranty coverage for homes’, and may refer to a carbon tax, environmental tax or green tax.

“Tarion does not charge nor refund carbon taxes or any other environmental tax, and we are not affiliated with any organization claiming to do so,” the release stated. “If you are contacted by an organization offering a tax refund of any kind, do not provide any personal or financial information over the phone.”

If you have been targeted in this phone scam you should report it by visiting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at www.antifraudcentre.ca or by calling 1-888-495-8501.

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