CRA scams trending – be aware and protect yourself

Surrey

2019-10-30 11:26 PDT

File # 2019-167676

Surrey RCMP is advising the public of a trend in CRA scams.

Surrey RCMP have been advised of scam phone calls which involve fraudsters attempting to pass themselves off as employees of Canada Revenue Agency. The fraudsters pressure their victims into making a payment on a fictitious tax debt, and often use pressure tactics such as telling the victim they will be arrested, or that a warrant has been issued for their arrest. On October 28, 2019, Surrey RCMP received two separate reports of CRA scams which also included caller ID spoofing.

Caller ID spoofing is when a fraudster uses software or applications to indicate to the receiver of a call that identity of the caller is someone they are not. In the two cases reported to Surrey RCMP, programming was used to show the Surrey RCMP non-emergency phone number.

Surrey RCMP is passing on this important information to help individuals to protect themselves from fraud:

What do you do if this happens to you? You should follow these steps:

If you have given payment over the phone and believe you are a victim of fraud, you should follow these steps:

For media inquiries contact:
Cst. Richard Wright
Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit
Office: 604.599.7776
Email: surrey_media_relations@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

 

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Cst. Richard Wright

Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP

Email: bcrcmp@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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