If the tax man’s phoning, don’t give any persoanl or banking information.
Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP have again, for the second time this month, issued a warning about a Canada Revenue Agency scam that has hit the area.
A person will receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from Revenue Canada, saying that taxes are owed. The victim is pressured to pay the allegedly owed taxes immediately over the phone. If the victim hesitates, the scammer threatens that the RCMP will come and arrest them.
In at least one instance, a scammer has phoned claiming to be an RCMP officer on the way to the victim’s residence to put them in jail.
“Our office has been inundated with calls from the public about this scam,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
“Just today (Thursday), our switchboard operator said she has received at least 40 calls from the public.”
If you receive a call like this, do not disclose any personal or banking information. Ensure that you verify any claims with Canada Revenue Agency yourself prior to taking any action.
More information pertaining to this scam is available on Canada Revenue Agency’s website.
If you have been a victim of this scam, please report it to your local police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.