Telephone Scam Alert
The North Bay Police Service is experiencing an increase in reports of telephone scams where the caller claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Police advise residents that these calls are fraudulent and can result in identity and financial theft if you fall victim to a fraudster’s demands.
Recent activity includes callers who make threats to arrest the call taker, to have bank accounts seized, or to have homes foreclosed if a fictitious CRA debt is not paid to them. The fraudsters request immediate payment by credit card or try to convince the victims to purchase a prepaid credit card and to call back immediately with the information.
If you get such a call, hang up immediately and report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by telephone at 1-888-495-8501 (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time) or through their online reporting tool athttp://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerincident/index-eng.htm
If you suspect you or a family member may be a victim of fraud or have been tricked into giving personal or financial information, contact police.
The Canada Revenue Agency:
- never requests prepaid credit cards;
- never asks for information about your passport, health card, or driver’s licence;
- never shares your taxpayer information with another person, unless you have provided the appropriate authorization; and
- never leaves personal information on your answering machine or asks you to leave a message containing your personal information on an answering machine.
For more information on the Canada Revenue Agency and this telephone scam, visit cra-arc.gc.ca/security.