Over a dozen victims have been claimed by a phone scam in Fort St. John over the last couple of weeks, and RCMP are asking folks to be vigilant.
A scammer will call pretending to be either an employee of the Canada Revenue Agency or a member of the RCMP.
Often times they will tell the victim they owe money and will be jailed unless they pay off their debt immediately by using iTunes or Visa gift cards.
If this happens to you, police advise you hang up the phone.
If you believe you’ve fallen victim to a similar scam please contact RCMP.
Authorities want to remind the public that:
– The CRA will never ask for personal information through an email or text message or by clicking on a link.
– The CRA will never request payment by prepaid credit cards or iTunes gift cards, and it does not send emails containing details of a tax refund or Interac e-transfer payments.
– The CRA advises Canadians to confirm the status of their tax accounts before taking any action that may be the result of pressure from suspicious calls or emails, and to verify the legitimacy of the communication by contacting the CRA directly at 1-800-959-8281 or by checking My Account or My Business Account.
– For more information about fraud scams involving the CRA, visit Protect yourself against fraud.
– If you’ve shared personal information, contact Equifax and Trans Union to place fraud alerts on your account.
– If you’ve shared banking information with the scammers, contact your financial institution to place alerts on your account.
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