City of Fort St. John warning residents about new scam circulating

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is warning residents after people have received phone calls from people claiming to be from the City and threatening to take you to collections and/or call the police if you don’t give them your credit card information for an unpaid invoice.

The City wants to clarify that they do not call to ask for money for unpaid bills, they will send you invoices in the mail.

They also do not threaten to call collections or police. Utility bills roll over to taxes, they are not taken to collections. The City and a collection agency will never threaten you with police action for an unpaid invoice. The City also says that they will not take credit card information over the phone, they prefer to have the person come in and sign a letter of authorization.

Shirley Collington, Deputy Treasurer says that the scam seems similar to the CRA scam that is also currently happening.

She also says that people can call the City to confirm if someone did call them if they feel they need to and confirm if they have unpaid invoices.

If the persitance continues from someone claiming to be the City, Collington says people can also call the police.