Airdate: Saturday, March 4 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO, and CTVNews.caPromo for W5’s episode this week: Available on W5’s Facebook PageVideo Clips: Available upon request to email@example.comInterview Opportunities: W5’s Kevin Newman and TSN’s Rick Westhead are available for interviews tomorrow – Friday, March 3. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with interview requests.
KEY STORYLINE: With tax season fast approaching, W5 delivers a timely warning for taxpayers in “CON CENTRE”, an in-depth investigation into a scam that preys on unsuspecting Canadians with callers pretending to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) demanding immediate payment for fictitious tax debts.
W5 Host and Managing Editor Kevin Newman interviews “Lucy”, a vulnerable victim of the aggressive fraudulent extortion that cost her $25,000 – just one of thousands of Canadian victims of the phone scam that originated at an illegal call centre in India. W5 reveals that since 2013, an estimated 50,000 Canadians have been targeted by the widespread scam in which victims receive phone calls threatening lawsuits and imminent police arrest for unpaid taxes, along with demands to repay the funds immediately.
Newman takes viewers to Mumbai, India where the fraudulent calls originated and speaks with former employees of the scheme, who were lured by the promise of large commissions that eclipse average call centre wages. Newman also interviews Paramveer Singh, the police chief who led a huge raid that shut down one massive illegal call centre.
Also this week, W5’s “NET LOSS” examines an investment scheme which targeted investments made by professional athletes. On special assignment for the joint W5-TSN investigation, TSN Senior Correspondent Rick Westhead tells the story of one-time NHL star and former Toronto Maple Leaf Bryan Berard, whose financial advisor diverted millions of dollars from his investment account. According to the NHL Players Association, professional athletes, with their large incomes, are often targeted by unscrupulous financial advisers. Berard was one of dozens of NHL players who lost money to the scheme run by a man he once considered a friend and advisor.