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RCMP issue Warning about CRA scam

The Canada Revenue Agency scam is becoming a growing concern for RCMP across the province.

Cpl. Dave Tyreman, with the North District RCMP, says despite many communities receiving information on the scam, many people each day are still falling victim.

“I was talking to the Canada Revenue and they’ve had so many calls regarding this and they’ve seen so many people scammed because of it, upwards to one person of $5,000.”

Victims of scam receive a phone call from a person claiming to work for the CRA saying that taxes are owed.

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The caller requests immediate payment by credit card or convinces the victims to purchase a prepaid credit card and to call back immediately with the information.

The taxpayer is often threatened with court charges, jail or deportation.

The scam, according to Police has only been successful because the caller is very aggressive, and if hung up on, will continually call back.

The calls are sometimes being routed through systems that can display any phone number the scammer chooses, including the local RCMP Detachment phone number.

Tyreman says the best way to not fall victim is with any scam-always very verify your information.

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