Fraudsters target international students in Peterborough with “Welcome to Canada” tax

October 15, 2018

A new phone scam in Peterborough has been targeting international students, the Peterborough Examiner has learned. Potential victims receive a call that claims Canadian law requires them to pay a $2,500 “Welcome to Canada Tax.” The Examiner adds that in a follow-up call, someone posing as a city police officer will threaten to immediately arrest the student if they do not make the payment through a bitcoin machine. Police are working with Fleming College and Trent University to warn international students about the scam. Peterborough Examiner