RCMP warning public about CRA scam

Fort St. John RCMP is warning the public about scammers posing as employees of the Canada Revenue Agency. Police have received a number of reports as of late of people being harassed by individuals claiming to belong to CRA.

Police are reporting that the scammers will tell the victim that they are wanted for tax fraud or tax evasion and that there will be a warrant out for their arrest unless money is wired or prepaid credit card codes are supplied.

In a release Corporal Jodi Shelkie said, “Citizens should be aware that the Canada Revenue Agency will never ask for any kind of payment to be wired to them or for prepaid credit cards. These fraudsters can be very aggressive and intimidating. They may call back many times and make threats that the police will be at their residence to make an arrest within 30 minutes unless money is wired to them immediately. People should hang up on these callers and consider blocking the number if they repeatedly call back.”

If you believe you have been contacted by a scammer RCMP advise contacting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501, or online at CAFC Fraud Reporting.

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