Mounties remind public of telephone tax swindle

Agassiz, Boston Bar, Chilliwack, Hope, Upper Fraser Valley

2020-07-14 09:48 PDT

File # Fraud Alert

RCMP are reminding the public of criminals posing as Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) employees to steal your money.

Fraudsters will target potential victims by telephone or email, at home or in the workplace, says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD.

The con involves a phone call received by a potential victim from a person claiming to be a representative of the CRA. As the swindle unfolds, the caller accuses the victim of owing tax and applying pressure for immediate payment. If challenged the caller becomes aggressive threatening the victim with arrest.

We are experiencing a rash of such complaints across the Upper Fraser Valley, says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD. The thieves are convincing but we remind everyone, CRA officials do not demand personal information, payment by preapproved credit card, gift card or threaten arrest over the phone.

Tips to protect yourself from tax fraud:

To learn more on how to protect yourself from fraud visit online by clicking bcrcmp or our partners at CRA.

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Cpl. Mike Rail

Media Relations Officer
Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment
46326 Airport Road, Chilliwack, BC V2P 1A5
Office: 604-702-4017
Fax: 604-702-4045

Email: UFVRD_Media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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