BEWARE! CRA does not need, want or accept gift cards. That’s the message police are trying to impress upon the public after receiving reports of CRA scams that frequently include a demand for iTunes gift cards. The effectiveness of the scam was recently demonstrated when a customer at a North Vancouver store tried to buy thousands of dollars of iTunes cards. When the clerk queried the unusual request, the customer explained they needed to settle a tax debt. An RCMP spokesman, Cpl. Richard De Jong, says “You can’t imagine how big it is. There’s far too many victims and they just lie through their teeth, of course.” More information is available at the CRA’s website at cra-arc.gc.ca and at the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.