Tax Scam Warning
2017-05-03 13:59 PDT
File # 2017-3571
The Oceanside RCMP have fielded many calls today from people reporting that they had received threatening phone calls from people personating the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Oceanside residents reportedly received suspicious calls and even voicemail from someone who claimed to work for the Canada Revenue Agency.
Background: Residents receive a notification by phone that they owe back taxes as the result of an audit. The fraudster claims that the payment must be made immediately or the RCMP will attend their home and arrest them. The victim is further told that they must phone a certain telephone number without delay, asked for personal information and then told to wire money.
Luckily, nobody has fallen victim to these high pressure, fraud tactics. Please note, the CRA will not call and tell you owe back taxes, nor threaten you with arrest! Simply hang up the phone. The RCMP, in consultation with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre are investigating these incidents.
If you have been victimized (have sent money) to these scam artists, please call the Oceanside RCMP at (250) 248-6111 to report. If you received a call but were not victimized, please consider calling the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1 888-495-8501.
Cpl. Jesse ForemanNCO i/c Community Policing
727 West Island Highway, Parksville BC V9P 1B9
Office: 250-248-6111 extension 245
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