The Canada Revenue Agency scam has cost people thousands in Saskatchewan.
The RCMP says they’ve gotten over 850 complaints about the scam this year alone, while 17 people have fallen victim, with $70,000 in losses.
In this scam a person might get a call from someone pretending to be from the C.R.A or police. They’ll say money is owed and threaten legal action, arrest, and seizure of things like homes and vehicles if payment isn’t made.
Sometimes the numbers the scammers call from can look like Saskatchewan area codes, but police say they’re often 800-numbers or non-Saskatchewan area codes.
The RCMP is reminding people the C.R.A does not contact people by phone, text, or email and will not ask people for payment by prepaid card or gift cards.
If you get a call like this you’re asked to write down the details, and contact the local police as well as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
The RCMP is reminding people not to give out personal or financial information to unsolicited callers over the phone.
If you unwittingly provided personal or financial information:
- Contact your local police and file a report
- Contact your bank or financial institution and credit card company
- Contact the two national credit bureaus and place a fraud alert on your credit reports.
Equifax Canada Toll free: 1-800-465-7166
TransUnion Canada Toll free: 1-877-525-3823